Public Health Workforce Information: A State-Level Study

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A two-stage sample survey was used to estimate the size of Texas' professional public health workforce and to describe its composition in terms of employment settings, job characteristics, and individual characteristics. The estimated 17,700 public health professionals employed in 1995 represented approximately three percent of the state's total health workforce. About 55 percent of all these professionals worked in agencies that provide population-based public health services. An estimated seven percent had formal public health education. These findings raise issues concerning the numerical adequacy of the state's supply of public health professionals, the adequacy of their educational preparation, and the human resources capacity of the state's official public health agencies.

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