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Publications Related to the EH Workforce

Career Resource Guide for Uniformed Services Environmental Health Practitioners. [PDF - 3 MB] – provides information to environmental health professionals who are retiring or leaving active duty service so they consider careers with state and local environmental public health programs

Environmental Health Services Fact Sheets – fact sheets related to environmental health services

Essential Services of Environmental Health CD-ROM [PDF - 823 KB] – CD-ROM training program to help environmental health programs fully integrate the essential services concepts into their own operations through a flexible workshop format. Continuing education credits are available for program completion. This program was developed under an EHSB cooperative agreement.

Integrated Pest Management: Conducting Urban Rodent Surveys [PDF - 626 KB] – update of the 1974 CDC Urban Rat Surveys manual includes information about integrated pest management (IPM)

National Strategy to Revitalize Environmental Public Health Services – a strategy to enhance environmental public health services

Pictorial Keys to Arthropods, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals of Public Health Significance – pictorial keys used to teach animal identification to personnel (sanitarians, engineers, physicians, veterinarians, etc.) without special training in taxonomy

Strategic Options for CDC Support of the Local, State, and Tribal Environmental Public Health Workforce [PDF - 340 KB] – report with recommendations on how CDC could support development and training of the U.S. environmental public health workforce

When Every Drop Counts: Protecting Public Health During Drought Conditions—A Guide for Public Health Professionals – publication to assist public health officials, practitioners, and other stakeholders in their efforts to understand and prepare for drought in their communities

Reports by Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute Graduates

These reports were prepared by graduates of CDC’s Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute. These documents have not been revised or edited to conform to agency standards. The findings and conclusions in these reports are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more reports search the EPHLI fellow projects page.

A Case Study: The Downgrading of the Environmental Health Workforce in El Paso, Texas [DOC - 355 KB]

Assuring Food Safety and a Qualified Workforce in Suburban Cook County [DOC - 356 KB]

A Crisis for Leaders: Improving Retention and Recruitment at the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation [DOC - 355 KB]

Cultural Competency – A Recipe for Improving Environmental Public Health Practices and Related Research in Racial and Ethnic Populations [DOC - 5 MB]

Ensuring a Competent Workforce and Sustaining Program Improvements in Environmental Health [DOC - 492 KB]

From Occupation To Profession: The Evolution of a Career [PDF - 317 KB]

Implementation of a Pilot Program to Address Reliability of Environmental Sanitation Inspections at Memphis and Shelby County Health Department [DOC - 500 KB]

Improving Performance Evaluation Process by Establishing Environmental Health Workforce Standards [DOC - 588 KB]

Improving Public Health Services and Saving Resources: Hiring Graduates from Accredited Environmental Health Programs [DOC - 476 KB]

Increasing Environmental Public Health Knowledge at Local Public Health Agencies [DOC - 801 KB]

Increasing Retention of Environmental Health Specialists in Los Angeles County [DOC - 606 KB]

Making the Connections Outside the Clinic: Adding Public Health and Environmental Public Health Education to Medical School Curriculum [DOC - 368 KB]

Meeting the Environmental Challenges of the Future by Redesigning the Workforce of Today [DOC - 378 KB]

Professional vs. Technician: Credentialing Requirements for Environmental Public Health Staff in Alabama [DOC - 663 KB]

Responding to Shifting Patterns of Foodborne Illness: A Strategy to Ensure a Competent Workforce [DOC - 562 KB]

Retention of Navy Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) in the U.S. Navy [DOC - 238 KB]

Saving University Environmental Health Programs [DOC - 308 KB]

Workforce Development Model: A Comprehensive Strategy for Workforce Development for Environmental Public Health Professionals in South Carolina [DOC - 156 KB]

EHS Columns in the Journal of Environmental Health

NEHA's Journal of Environmental Health features a column from the Environmental Health Services Branch (EHSB) in every issue. These articles from EHSB and guest authors from CDC highlight a variety of concerns, opportunities, challenges, and successes in environmental public health.

A Diverse Environmental Public Health Workforce to Meet the Diverse Environmental Health Challenges of the 21st Century [PDF - 371 KB]

A New Reality for Environmental Health [PDF - 405 KB]

Are We Really Saving Resources with Current Hiring Practices at Local Health Departments? [PDF - 418 KB]

Developing Environmental Public Health Leadership [PDF - 111 KB]

Developing the Environmental Health Workforce [PDF - 308 KB]

Kick off 2013 with exciting workforce development opportunities [PDF - 205 KB]

Revisiting Revitalization [PDF - 262 KB]

Enumerating the Environmental Public Health Workforce—Challenges and Opportunities [PDF - 176 KB]

Links to information from outside CDC

Board of Health Recommendations for Hiring Qualified Environmental Health Practitioners [PDF - 1.5 MB] (National Association of Local Boards of Health [NALBOH]) – document to help local health agencies address environmental health workforce issues

Careers in Environmental Health (Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs [AEHAP]) – links to programs that highlight the benefits and importance of teaching environmental health in all geographic and ethnic communities:

Environmental Health Core Competencies [PDF - 555 KB] (American Public Health Association; CDC) – fourteen core competencies for local environmental health practitioners are identified to improve the effectiveness of their work

Workforce Development Post-Secondary Internship Program [PDF - 567 KB] (Multnomah County Environmental Health Services) – environmental health internship training manual for postsecondary students [developed with funding from the EHS capacity-building program]

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