Public health funding in Ohio increased 42.4% between 2007 and 2012, bringing the state’s budget for public health to more than $168.7 million in fiscal year 2013-14. This level of funding has a direct effect on the number of jobs made available to public health professionals in Ohio, and helps to raise the salaries for these officials.
Ohio’s public health strengths include a low incidence of infectious disease and a low rate of infant mortality. The Ohio Department of Public Health is the flagship public health agency in the state, spearheading initiatives through a combination of education, surveillance, and public advocacy.
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Epidemiologists in Ohio track 100 reportable diseases, but place a particular focus on monitoring Hepatitis A, invasive strep disease, and Shigellosis. Environmental health officials help to keep the public safe from such toxins as asbestos and radon and monitor the state’s water supply to ensure it is potable.
In addition to public health officials at the state level, local public health officials, academic researchers, experts with non-governmental organizations, and members of the healthcare community all work together to promote health and safety throughout Ohio.
A Look at Public Health Salaries in Columbus
The Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services provides the salaries for a number of public health professionals who were employed in the Columbus metropolitan statistical area in 2014. Some of these salaries have a broad range, but highly educated professionals such as those with a Master of Public Health are likely to earn on the high end of the scale.
An Analysis of Public Health Salaries Statewide
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics provides an analysis of the hourly wages and annual salaries of a number of different types of public health professionals working in Ohio in 2014: