You are key to strengthening the governmental public health workforce. Your participation in the Governmental Public Health Job Task Survey is critical!

Coming Soon: Governmental Public Health Job Task Survey

The purpose of the survey is to better understand what tasks people in specific public health jobs do the most and which tasks they believe are the most important to their work. This information will give the workforce, governmental public health leaders, and academic institutions and training programs better insight into what a wide range of governmental public health jobs entail and what might be needed to best support people in these roles.

The survey asks people working in governmental public health how often they perform 54 job tasks and how important they believe each task is to their job. The survey also asks 15 demographic questions to capture respondents’ job titles and occupations, where they work, and better undertand workforce diversity and training needs. 

Who Should take the Survey?

We want to hear from everyone working in a state, Tribal, local, or territorial health department in the United States. Please take the survey if your employment status matches one of the following:

  • Permanent staff employed directly by a health department or Federal health agency
  • Contractor providing third party services to a health department or Federal health agency
  • Interns employed directly by a health department or Federal health agency
  • Federal employees detailed to a health department or Federal health agency
  • Temporary staff employed directly by a health department or Federal health agency

Why Should You Take the Survey?

The governmental public health workforce is large and varied, and its important that we capture as many voices from as many roles and areas of the country as possible! YOUR job is important, and YOU are an integral member of the governmental public health workforce. Only YOU know what you do every day and how important those duties are to your job. Represent your role and have your voice heard by taking the survey!

If you’re one of the first 5,000 people to complete the survey, we’ll send you a $10 gift card through Giftogram!

What Does the Survey Look Like?

How Long Will It Take?

We estimate the survey will take you about 30 minutes.  There are 70 questions, most of which are multiple choice.

How Will the Results be Used?

Once survey data is analyzed, we will publish our findings and encourage health department leaders across the country to use them in writing better job descriptions, improving the hiring process, and better supporting their current employees. We will also take the information to schools and programs of public health and training partners to ensure that public health training matches needs in the field.

More Information

The Governmental Public Health Job Task Survey is the second phase of the Governmental Public Health Job Task Analysis project, a integral part of the Centers for Disease Control’s Public Health Infrastructure Grant.  In the first phase of the project, completed in 2023, a group of health department managers from all 10 HHS regions identified the main job domains and related tasks performed by the workforce in state, Tribal, local, and territorial health departments. Once survey responses are collected and analyzed, the results will be used to help governmental public health leaders across the nation better support their workforce and help academic and training programs better prepare people for jobs in governmental public health. Click here to learn more about Job Task Analyses.

The Governmental Public Health Job Task Survey is one of two different but very important surveys administered to the governmental public health workforce across the nation in 2024. We encourage everyone to take the Governmental Public Health Job Task Survey in Spring/Summer 2024 and the Public Health Workforce Interests and Needs Survey (PH WINS) in Fall 2024. Click here for more information about PH WINS.

Statement of Funding

In partnership with the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), this work is supported by funds made available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), National Center for STLT Public Health Infrastructure and Workforce, through OE22-2203: Strengthening U.S. Public Health Infrastructure, Workforce, and Data Systems grant. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, the U.S. Government, or PHAB.