23440                                                                                                          (Competitive)



            An employee in this class supports COVID-19 response, increases the preparedness for future public health emergencies and supports public health infrastructure. The employee may be assigned to any health department program and may support health related programs in other County Departments. Individuals must apply to the New York State Public Health Corps (NYSPHC) Fellowship Program to be considered. NYSPHC Fellows will be directed to the Health and Personnel Departments to work with the employee to determine specific projects, job duties, and responsibilities, based on the interests and career choice of the employee. Regardless of the assigned department, the employee will have the opportunity to assume diverse responsibilities, work on core public health projects, and perform a number of duties in his or her chosen field. The work is completed under the supervision of the Director of the department in which the employee will be working. The position may require interaction with a variety of individuals, organizations, departments, and governments, depending upon project opportunities. Does related work as required.



Specific work activities and responsibilities will vary according to the employee’s current project. Typical duties and projects may include any of the following:


Supports public health COVID-19 response programs and services.

Participates in community outreach, enrollment, and engagement activities.

Performs program or processes analysis and evaluation.

Recommends new or modified policies and procedures.

Performs benchmark studies of other health programs.

            Participates in daily administrative and management operations within the Health Department.

            Performs data collection and analysis for the Health Department’s Strategic Plan, QI/QA Plan, Community Health Assessment, Community Health Improvement Plan and Annual Report.

            Performs Quality Improvement and Quality Assurance efficiencies and cost containment research.

            Uses technology, social media and communication strategies to further patient and population health.

Supports all health-related programs.


            Thorough knowledge of the purposes, principles, terminology and practices employed in public health or health-related fields.

            Good knowledge of sources of health data, and of the application of statistical methods related to the subject matter field under study.



            Working knowledge of advanced professional techniques in the fields of health administration and management.

            Working knowledge of the Onondaga County Health Department and Onondaga County socio-economic demographics.

            Working knowledge of interviewing techniques

Ability to research information, collect data, and interpret and analyze findings.

            Ability to understand and apply the laws, codes and regulations pertaining to the Health Department and specifically to the program(s) assigned.

            Ability to analyze current problems, assess future problems, and formulate complex action plans to facilitate resolution of said problems.

Ability to perform mathematical calculations.

Ability to prepare reports.

Ability to work with Microsoft Office products and statistical and analytical software.

Ability to establish and maintain effective inter-personal relationships.

Good professional leadership ability.


Graduation from (or currently be enrolled in a Master's program for at least one year in one of the specified programs) a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Master’s Degree in public health, medical, dental, nursing and pharmaceutical programs, allied health, social services, communications, logistics planning, education, public policy/administration, emergency health programs technology or emergency health programs. 

NOTE:  This is a NYSPHC Graduate Fellow position.  In order to qualify for employment with Onondaga County, candidates must apply to the New York State Public Health Corps Fellowship Program at HTTPS://FORMS.NY.GOV/S3/PUBLIC-HEALTH-CORPS-FELLOWSHIP-APPLICATION.  

6/2022 Revised