Dr. Ashish Joshi, professor at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy lead a team that reviewed public health job websites. The work was published in Perspectives in Public Health.
[Photo: Dr. Ashish Joshi]
The objective of the study was to search existing public health job websites and describe the challenges related to finding these job websites. The team conducted explored the internet using different search engines, including Google, Yahoo, and Bing, with several keywords including: Public Health Jobs, Epidemiology Jobs, Biostatistics Jobs, Health Policy and Management Jobs, Community Health Jobs, Health Administration Jobs, Nutrition Jobs, Environmental and Occupational Health Science Jobs, GIS Jobs, and Public Health Informatics Jobs.
The team focused on unique sites and generated a list of 600 URLs. Duplicate sites and non-functional sites were excluded from this search, allowing analysis of unique sites only resulting in 194 unique websites. More than half of the website categories were “.com” (54%; n = 323) followed by “.gov” (19%; n = 111) and “.edu” 15% (n = 90). Results of our findings showed 194 unique websites resulting from a search of 600 website links. More than half of them had actual public health or its related jobs (56%; n = 108).
The team concluded that there is a need to establish standard occupational classification categories for the public health workforce.