Chief Medical Officer

Recruitment #190815-UNCX-332


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is committed to providing quality health services to Oklahoma citizens. Our mission is to protect and promote health, to prevent disease and injury, and to cultivate conditions by which Oklahomans can be healthy.

The OSDH is seeking a Chief Medical Officer. This is an unclassified position in state government, located in Oklahoma City, OK.  OSDH offers a comprehensive Benefits Packageincluding a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents. For more information about the benefit allowance [click here].  The annual salary for this position is based on education and experience.

Position Summary
The Chief Medical Officer serves as the medical director for the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) and as part of the agency leadership team; advises the Commissioner and agency staff in all matters related to public health, effective delivery of public health services and in the design, development and implementation of statewide public health policies and programs; provides medical oversight of the delivery of public health services; provides medical consultation to agency service areas, programs and county health departments; represents the agency on boards, task forces, work groups, and committees; and may serve as a media spokesperson on public health and medical issues.

Position Responsibilities /Essential Functions
• Serves as medical authority for the agency and provides medical oversight of the delivery of statutory mandated basic public health services to Oklahomans
• Advises the Commissioner and agency staff in all matters related to public health and effective delivery of public health services and in the design, development and implementation of statewide public health policies and programs
• Provides professional judgement, expert medical and public health guidance to the Commissioner and other department leadership to assure that health policy and program resource allocation decisions are appropriate, that timely prevention actions are taken, and that policy reflects sound public health principles and priorities
• Provides clinical and programmatic consultation consistent with clinical expertise and specialized training where medical expertise is needed to agency deputy and service areas, divisions and programs
• Serves as medical director for agency programs and  county health departments where needed
• Approves physician approved protocols for provision of public health nursing services by state staff, through county health departments where needed, and for Medical Reserve Corp public health responses
• Ensures compliance with state and federal regulations involving medical issues
• Prepares reports and documents to communicate pertinent information to health care professionals and other target audiences
• Serves as a reference for medical information to health care professionals and professional organizations and lay organizations as needed
• Consults on legislative issues as requested
• Actively participates in the development of the agency strategic goals and the state public health improvement plan
• Serves as a liaison with county and state professional organizations including medical societies,  federal, state, local agencies, healthcare groups, and other professional organizations
• Represents the OSDH at board meetings, interagency task forces, commissions, and committees as assigned
• Represents the agency at state and national meetings and conferences
• Serves as a media spokesperson on public health and medical issues and assists in the development of public messaging for high profile situations
• Performs other duties as assigned by the Commissioner

Education and Experience
• Doctor of medicine or doctor of osteopathic medicine
• Licensed to practice medicine in the state of Oklahoma
• Board-certified physician in a primary care specialty or preventive medicine by the American Board of Medical Specialties
• Five years of experience in primary care and/or preventive medicine
• Master’s degree in public health or related field preferred
• Three years of experience in a public sector environment providing guidance and leadership on public health issues preferred

Valued Knowledge, skills and abilities
• Knowledge of public health principles
• Knowledge of the core public health functions at established by the National Public Health Performance Standards Program (NPHPSP) and Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)
• Knowledge of the 10 Essential Public Health Services
• Extensive knowledge of the general principles of health promotion and disease prevention and the ability to interpret them relative to population health
• Knowledge of disease surveillance and epidemiological procedures for data analysis and interpretation
• Knowledge of the medical care system in Oklahoma
• Knowledge of those services available to promote maternal and child health and to prevent diseases and related conditions; knowledge of their safety, cost, efficacy, effectiveness and efficiency; and have an understanding of their legal, political, and biologic basis
• Knowledge of literature evaluation, scientific writing, and information management
• Ability to plan, implement, and conduct observational studies involving human subjects
• Knowledge of and ability to apply general skills of program management and administration
• Knowledge of the health policy-making process and resulting policies, legislation, and regulations that affect the development and management of public health programs
• Ability to prepare protocols, documents and reports on medical and health care issues
• Ability to communicate effectively and to interpret policies and procedures both in writing and orally
• Ability to prepare lectures and present them to lay and professional groups, and
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with professional and lay groups

Physical Demands and Work Environment
This position is set in an office environment.  While performing the duties of the job, employees are frequently required to stand, walk, lift, and reach. 

This position may serve as a member of the department’s incident response team, which could include deployment on a 24/7 basis at offsite operations.

Travel may be required.


If education, certification or licensure is required to meet qualifications, applicants must provide documentation at the time of interview.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship.


Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.


Veteran's Preference Points Apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.