Secrets of the Government Job Search: How to Apply for Local & State Health Department Jobs

Course Objective

  • Describe what a local or state public health department does (civics lesson) 
  • List three reasons why job seekers might want to work in a health department 
  • List three ways a government resume and application process may be different from other sectors 
  • Describe how civil service exams are conducted and how to prepare for an exam 
  • Explain how to maximize your chances of being selected for an interview when completing application essays or questionnaires 
  • List hiring preferences that may apply to health departments 
  • Explain how to prepare for an interview in local or state government 

Date: June 30, 2024

Heather Krasna, PhD, EdM, MS
Associate Dean, Career Services and Professional Development, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University 

This training provides information and tips on how to apply for jobs in local and state government health departments.

Region 2 Public Health Training Center