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Keywords

capacity, enumeration, infrastructure, manpower, public health, public health practice, workforce

 

Authors

  1. Gebbie, Kristine
  2. Merrill, Jacqueline
  3. Hwang, Inseon
  4. Gebbie, Eric N.
  5. Gupta, Meera

Abstract

It has been 20 years since the last estimate of the public health workforce's size and composition. This study provides a best estimate through secondary analysis of existing workforce reports, summaries, and information gathered from chief health officials in 50 states and 6 territories, public health organizations, and federal agencies. Results indicate that the workforce consists of some 448,254 persons in salaried positions as follows: 44.6 percent professionals, 4 percent officials/administrators, 14 percent technicians, and 13 percent clerical/support. Workforce size may have decreased by as much as 10 percent over the last 20 years, despite a 25 percent increase in population and rising health hazards.