Job Opening: Health Educator, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health


Salary: $57,840.00 – $68,054.16 Annually

Location: Los Angeles County, CA

Job Type: Full time

Department of Public Health



This announcement is a rebulletin to reopen the examination to update the salary and filing period. Persons who have already applied within the last twelve (12) months need not reapply, but may submit additional information if they wish, by the last day of
filing. The information must include your name, the correct examination title and examination number.

April 28, 2016 @ 8:00a.m. PST

This examination will remain open until the needs of the service
are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.

Plans, implements, directs, coordinates, and evaluates community health education programs in a specific health subject within an assigned service planning area.


Positions allocable to this class function under the administrative direction of a Health Education Coordinator, Senior Health Educator, Area Health Officer, Medical Director, Program Director, Division Head, Nurse Manager, or a chief of a hospital service
with consultation available from the Health Education Coordinator of the Health Administration staff. Incumbents plan, develop, implement and evaluate health education programs and activities designed to motivate individuals and groups to modify or maintain
behaviors that promote optimum health and personal safety. Such activities include determination of community health education needs and problems, and establishing priorities in planning and developing health education programs for the solution of such problems.
Timelines are established in terms of goals to be achieved, and methods of implementation are left to the discretion of the worker within established program and professional guidelines. Positions may consult with Health Education Administration staff for
technical assistance in any of the specialized programs of health education including sexually transmitted diseases, lead poisoning prevention, tobacco control, maternal, child, and adolescent health, and bioterrorism/emergency preparedness.

Essential Job Functions

Determines community needs for public health education programs through investigation and evaluation of factors such as available health resources, communication
systems, political and socio-cultural influences, housing, and the levels of income and education of the service planning area residents.

Establishes priorities for the solution of community health education problems by planning and developing public health education programs through the application
of health education methods and procedures, and in collaboration with targeted communities.

Assists community-based organizations, medical providers, schools, public health personnel, and other County departments in recognizing and evaluating conditions
contributing to poor health, planning program activities, selecting and utilizing public and private health resources, and motivating others in the community to lead and participate in improving their health status.

Implements health education programs by utilizing broad ranges of methods and techniques in collaboration with service planning area, county-wide programs, academia,
and target communities to meet the public health needs through activities such as developing and and disseminating health education materials and speaking to groups on health related topics.  

Meets and contacts a variety of community stakeholders such as teachers, community group leaders, health officers, public health nurses, social workers, and others
at various levels in the community in order to gain their support and cooperation in planning, promoting, implementing, and evaluating health education programs, and in coordinating their related health education program activities.  

Maintains contact with public and private agencies, community organizations, and professional groups to enlist community participation and support for health education
activities in a service planning area.

Provides expertise in health education methods by collaborating with service planning area staff to develop and conduct patient health education programs and in-service
education programs for service planning area personnel.

Coordinates the volunteer activities within a service planning area by recruiting volunteers, maintaining records of volunteer participation, and coordinating volunteer
recognition programs.

Evaluates whether health education programs meet objectives and adequately impact the target population’s knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, practices, and behaviors
by utilizing appropriate data collection methods such as pre and post-examinations, focus groups, surveys, and questionnaires, and by measuring the attendance at events in response to publicity campaigns and ultimately, the improvement of those conditions
among service planning area residents which require the participation of a Health Educator. Refers to evaluation findings and community input for future program planning and policy development.

Evaluates the literacy levels of target population and the appropriateness of resource materials.

Advises Area Health Officers and other administrative staff in program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of health education priorities for
the service planning area.

Oversee the activities of Health Education Assistants or other non-professional staff as needed.

Recruit and oversee undergraduate and graduate health education students for internships or practicum for a specific program or service planning area as needed.

A Master’s degree in Public Health from an accredited college or university with specialization in Public Health Education
or Community Health Education* in a program of study accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.

*If your MPH specialization is an area other than Public Health Education or Community Health Education, please include
an official letter or statement from your school that indicates degree specialization is equivalent to the area of Public Health Education or Community Health Education

A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions

2 – Light: Light physical effort which may include occasional light lifting to a 10 pound limit, and some bending, stooping or squatting. Considerable walking may be involved.

Additional Information

This examination will consist of an interview covering training, experience, personal fitness and general ability to perform the duties of the position weighted 100%.

Applicants must meet the Selection Requirements and achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on this examination in order to be added to the Eligible Register.

Passing this examination and being added to the Eligible Register does not guarantee an offer of employment.

Final results will be sent by U.S. Mail.  Final Scores cannot be given over the phone.

Applicants with disabilities who require special arrangements must provide the Examination Unit with written notification at the time of filing.

The names of candidates receiving a passing grade in the examination will be placed in the Eligible Register in the order of their score group fo a period of twelve (12) months following the date of eligibility.

Complete applications will be processed on as as-received basis and will be promulgated to the Eligible Register accordingly.

The Eligible Register resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies throughout the Department of Public Health as they occur.

Applications must be filed online only.  Applications submitted by U.S. Mail, fax, or in person will not be accepted.  We must receive you application and any additional documents by 5:00 p.m., PST, by the last day of filing.

Apply online by clicking on the “Apply” tab for this posting, you can also track the status of your application using this website.

*In order to receive credit for any college course work, or any type of college degree, such as a Masters degree, you must include a legible copy of the official diploma, official transcripts, or official letter from the accredited institution which
shows the date the degree was awarded and the area of specialization at the time of filing with your application or within fifteen (15) calendar days of filing.

NOTE:  If you are unable to attach required document(s) to your application online, you must e-mail them to within
fifteen (15) calendar days of filing. In the “Subject” of the e-mail please type the Exam Number and Exam Title.

The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the SELECTION REQUIREMENTS. Please fill out the application and supplemental questions completely and correctly to receive full credit for any related
education, training, and job experience. In the space provided for education, include the names and addresses of schools attended, titles of courses completed, dates completed, and number of credits and/or certificates earned. For each job held, give the name
and address of your employer, your job title, beginning and ending dates, description of work performed, and salary earned.

Department Contact Name: Victoria Del Aguila
Department Contact Phone: (323) 890-8488
Department Contact Email: