Careers in Public Health

The American Public Health Association defines public health as “the practice of preventing disease and promoting good health within groups of people, from small communities to entire countries.  Rather than being a single discipline, public health includes professionals from many fields with the common purpose of protecting the health of a population.”

Examples of the Impact of Public Health:

  • Vaccination programs for school-age children and adults to prevent the spread of disease.
  • Regulation of prescription drugs for safety and effectiveness.
  • Safety standards and practices to protect worker health and safety.
  • Ensuring access to clean water and air.
  • Educational campaigns to reduce obesity among children.
  • Measurement of the effect of air quality on emergency recovery workers.
  • School nutrition programs to ensure kids have access to nutritious food.

 Working in Public Health

Following are some examples of the types of public health positions that have been utilized by SCPH, along with the educational requirements for each.  Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and these are not job openings; they are provided for informational purposes only.

Air Quality Engineer

The Air Quality Engineer performs professional engineering work in the processing, evaluation and issuance of permits; calculation of air pollutant emissions, analysis of air pollution control equipment and processes; toxic risk screening and assessment; compliance audits; source testing; rule analysis and evaluation; innovative technology projects; report preparation; presentations; and public meetings.

Bachelor’s degree in chemical, industrial, environmental, electrical, petroleum, civil, or other related engineering field is required.  State of Ohio Registration as an Engineer in Training (EIT) is required.

Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Dental Hygienist
Health Educator
Nurse Practitioner
Prevention Specialist
Public Health Nurse
Registered Dietitian
Support and Administrative Positions



STUDENTS – Summit County Public Health works closely with four academic partners to provide public health field experiences to students in a variety of disciplines. We work with Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University (Main Campus), NEOMED, and the University of Akron.  

A very limited number of student experiences are available throughout the year.  The following conditions must be met to be considered:

  • Must be a student at Kent State, the University of Akron, Case Western University or NEOMED
  • Must pass both a BCI and FBI background check prior to acceptance
  • Must agree to follow all SCPH policies and procedures.

Students from any other academic institutions are invited to participate in “Public Health 101” as noted below.  Public Health 101 is the only public health field experience that we offer to students from non-partner institutions.


Summit County Public Health offers a half-day session of “Public Health 101” to individuals who would like to learn more about public health. This presentation includes an overview of public health and SCPH, an opportunity to talk with SCPH staff about their programs and professions, and interdisciplinary discussion and brainstorming about current public health issues. 

The next Public Health 101 will be held on
October 10, 2017
from 8:30am - 11:30am
at our Fairway Center location
1867 W. Market St.
Akron, Ohio 44313

To register, please visit:

If you have any further questions about student experience opportunities, please contact Joanne Tate at 330-926-5618.


Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities with Summit County Public Health.  All job postings, including paid internships, with SCPH may be found at the County of Summit’s website:

You will need to create an account which will allow you to review our open positions. The system will allow you to attach your resume, certificates, reference letters, license etc. to your online application.  You are responsible for checking your application status by reviewing your account at the web address above.

Upon being extended an offer of employment with SCPH, a candidate's appointment to the position is contingent on approval by our Board of Health during their monthly meeting, as well as verification of the candidate’s identity, a successful background check and adherence to conditions set forth in SCPH’s Policies and Procedures Manual, which can be viewed here by clicking the following link:
SCPH's Policy & Procedure Manual

Summit County Public Health is an Equal Opportunity
Employer and Service Provider.

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