Profession public health policy officer

Public health policy officers develop and implement strategies for the improvement of a community's health care policy. They advise governments on policy changes and identify problems in current health care policies.

Would you like to know what kind of career and professions suit you best? Take our free Holland code career test and find out.

Personality Type

  • Enterprising / Conventional

Knowledge

  • Health care legislation

    The patients` rights and responsibilities of health practitioners and the possible repercussions and prosecutions in relation to medical treatment negligence or malpractice.

  • Health care system

    The structure and function of health care services.

  • Government policy implementation

    The procedures involved in the implementation of government policies in national and local governmental organisations.

  • Public health

    The principles of health and sickness affecting the population, including the means for health promotion and prevention and community and primary care.

Skills

  • Promote inclusion

    Promote inclusion in health care and social services and respect diversity of beliefs, culture, values and preferences, keeping in mind the importance of equality and diversity issues.

  • Provide improvement strategies

    Identify root causes of problems and submit proposals for effective and long-term solutions.

  • Analyse health problems within a given community

    Effectively assess the healthcare needs and problems of a community.

  • Assess health services within the community

    Assess the effectiveness and efficiency of health services for the community with a view to its improvement.

  • Address public health issues

    Promote healthy practices and behaviours to ensure that populations stay healthy.

  • Comply with legislation related to health care

    Comply with the regional and national legislation that is relevant to one`s work and apply it in practice.

  • Implement policy in healthcare practices

    Establish how policies should be interpreted and translated within the practice, implementing local and national policies, as well as those of your own practice and proposing developments and improvements to service delivery.

  • Contribute to public health campaigns

    Contribute to local or national public health campaigns by evaluating health priorities, the government changes in regulations and advertising the new trends in relation to health care and prevention.

  • Lead healthcare services changes

    Identify and lead changes in healthcare service in response to patient needs and service demand in order to ensure continuous quality improvement of the service.

  • Work within communities

    Establish social projects aimed at community development and active citizen participation.

Optional knowledge and skills

carry out strategic research build community relations project management principles liaise with local authorities report on social development manage healthcare staff monitor regulations in social services analyse goal progress conduct health related research advise policy makers in healthcare perform project management maintain relationships with government agencies implement strategic planning perform market research apply strategic thinking manage government policy implementation report analysis results maintain relations with local representatives