What We Do

The Division of Scientific Education and Professional Development (DSEPD) is committed to advancing a diverse public health workforce through leadership, evidence-based programs, and partnerships. The steps we take now will have an impact for years to come. Those we inspire now to pursue careers in public health will be the leaders of tomorrow.

Why is this work important?

Because of diminished funding and hiring barriers, health departments and health agencies at state, local, tribal and territorial levels have not been able to recruit and retain professionals with the needed skills*.

*See deBeaumont Foundation and the Public Health National Center for Innovations and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials

**See National Association of County and City Health Officials

Shrinking staff and reduced capacity have led to:

  • Workers unprepared to keep up with changes in technology
  • A lack of systems and data to assess and monitor workforce needs
  • Added work-related stress and burnout among the existing workforce