Trends and Characteristics of the State and Local Public Health Workforce

Year: 2013
Funding: Jr Investigator Award
Status: Completed

The principal objective of this proposal is to determine how the size and composition of the state and local public health workforce varies over time by state and community types. This study uses workforce data from multiple sources, including the NACCHO National Profile of Local Health Departments (2010-2013), and the ASTHO Profile of State Public Health (2010-2012). The research methodology was a secondary data analysis, which allowed the development of a profile of the workforce by occupational categories. Trends of aggregated workforce characteristics by regions of states, governance structure, and state population size were analyzed using descriptive statistics. These results should enable public health officials and policy makers to get a sense of how the distribution of their workforce has changed over time and how it compares to the workforce composition in regions with similar characteristics, which could lead to better information about staffing patterns in state and local health departments nationwide.


Angela Beck, Ph.D., M.P.H.


Matthew Boulton, M.D., M.P.H.
University of Michigan School of Public Health



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