Assistant Health Officer (#ES2203)
$106.29-$129.20 Hourly / $18,424.32-$22,394.87 Monthly / $221,091.84-$268,738.51 Yearly


Under administrative direction, assists the Public Health Officer in providing medical oversight for various Public Health Services programs and services; acts in the absence of the Public Health Officer as assigned; and does related or other work as required.


Positions in the class of Assistant Health Officer are at-will and are exempt from the San Joaquin County Civil Service system.  Incumbents are responsible for providing medical and public health practice advisement to assigned public health programs as directed by the Public Health Officer and in coordination with Public Health Services managers.  Duties may emphasize the provision of medical care, the direction of Public Health Services clinics, and/or the administration of Public Health Services medical policies and practices. Incumbents assist the Public Health Officer in ensuring that Public Health Services medical activities comply with state, federal, and local requirements, regulations, and policies.  Incumbents will model a strong work ethic and leadership skills, including accountability for oneself and others.  As assigned, an Assistant Health Officer may act in the absence of the Public Health Officer and may supervise various Public Health Services programs.


This specification is a general guideline for the class.  The statements below are not restrictive, and the responsibilities and duties assigned to a position in this class may expand beyond those identified in this specification.

  • Assists the Public Health Officer in planning, directing, managing, and administering Public Health Services medical programs and activities; assists with the enforcement of federal, state and local public health laws; exercises good judgment and makes sound decisions in managing assigned areas and functions.
  • Assesses local community health indicators in maternal, child and adolescent health and chronic diseases, and other issues of public heath significance; works with local health providers and community groups to plan, implement and evaluate strategies to improve community health.
  • Provides patient care and medical oversight to mid-level practitioners and provides medical direction for Public Health Services clinics, including development and implementation of protocols and policies.
  • Provides medical and public health practice oversight for activities in communicable disease control and oversight of outbreak investigations; develops and recommends policies and protocols for control and prevention of communicable diseases, which may include tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases and/or HIV control.
  • Provides medical and programmatic direction to the Child Health and Disability Prevention Program and to staff in the Family Health Division programs; provides clinical consultation to Public Health Services staff performing case management, and fetal, infant, and child death review investigations.
  • Provides medical consultation and advisement for community physicians regarding public health matters which may include areas of general communicable disease, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis control, bioterrorism agents, maternal, child, and adolescent health and chronic diseases, among others.
  • Supervises, trains, evaluates and assigns staff; participates in the selection of supervisory and managerial staff.
  • Assists in planning, organizing and coordinating disaster preparedness responses; participates in and responds to after-hours calls for infectious disease outbreaks, urgent communicable disease situations, bioterrorism response, disasters, and other public health emergencies.
  • Analyzes data and prepares reports and correspondence.
  • Represents and promotes the activities of Public Health Services through participation on coalitions and committees at both the local and state levels; makes presentations; responds to media inquires and writes material for public release.
  • May serve in the absence of the Public Health Officer; performs other duties as assigned.



Experience: Three years practicing medicine as a licensed physician in fields related to public health practice.


Education:  A master’s degree in public health (MPH).


Certification:  Board certification in General Preventive Medicine/Public Health.



Licenses: 1) Possession of an unrestricted physician and surgeon license to practice medicine in the state of California, issued by the Medical Board of California, at the time of hire; AND 2) possession of a valid California driver’s license.


Organization, programs and services of local public health agencies; principles, practices and trends in the field of public health; laws, regulations and ordinances applicable to the field of public health; medical and clinical protocols and procedures; principles and practices of administrative planning, organization, and directing, including effective organization, fiscal management, staff training, and supervision; principles and practices of research, statistical analysis, recordkeeping, and report preparation; basic computer and modern office automation technology, and software programs relevant to assigned operations; principles of public relations and customer service.


Assist with planning, organizing, and directing the staff and activities of a large, complex agency in an effective and cost-efficient manner while ensuring excellent public service; develop medical procedures and protocols; provide appropriate and effective leadership and management of diverse staff teams, including subordinate managers and supervisors; supervise, assign, train and evaluate staff; work collaboratively with staff, clients, and other stakeholders to achieve successful outcomes; exercise good judgment and make sound managerial decisions; understand, interpret, and apply legal codes, regulations, and rules pertaining to public health programs; exercise analytical and critical thinking to evaluate complex problems and recommend appropriate solutions; analyze and implement program mandates and work within federal, state, or other types of regulatory systems; gather, analyze and organize data; formulate and present short- and long-range plans; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare thorough and well-reasoned reports and documentation; give oral and written directives; speak before groups; operate standard computer hardware and software, and recommend the development and utilization of effective automated systems; establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of individuals, agencies and officials, including other County departments, public advocacy groups, regulatory agents, and the general public.


Mobility – sitting for long periods, walking; occasional standing, pushing, pulling, bending; operate a data entry device; Lifting – frequently 5 pounds or less; occasionally 5 to 30 pounds; Visual – constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent color perception and use of eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; Hearing/Talking – frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing/talking on the telephone, talking in person; Dexterity – normal dexterity with frequent writing and repetitive motion; Emotional/Psychological – constant concentration and public contact; occasional exposure to hazardous materials, frequent exposure emergency situations, including trauma, grief and death, decision making; Special Requirements – may require working nights and weekends; Environmental – occasional exposure to noise, cold/heat, and hazardous materials, dirt, dust, smoke, fumes and poor ventilation; occasional exposure to varied weather conditions.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: ES2203; EST: 6/1/1989; REV: 2/10/2015;