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Careers and Internships

Considering a career in Public Health?

Public health is a dynamic, multi-disciplinary field that encompasses a broad range of experts and specialties dedicated to promoting and protecting the health of people and the communities where they live, work and play.

There are hundreds of public health job categories, and projections show the need for many of those will increase in coming years.

There are plenty of ways to carve out a career niche in this exciting and uniquely rewarding arena.

Learn more below about options, opportunities and the Allen County Department of Health.

I chose public health because it seemed like a path to use my gifts in a way to help others. Public health allows for learning (growing as an individual), being a good listener (everyone has a story), building relationships (also builds trust) and helping a wide range of people in need.

Kathy Thornson, director of HIV & STD prevention - 40 years of public health service

In all of the jobs I have had, I have been blessed with the opportunity to contribute something meaningful to the lives of the individuals that I serve. While working in public health affords me that opportunity as well, it also allows me to have an impact on the greater community as a whole. It is one thing to care for a patient and make their life better in whatever small way you can. It is something entirely different to know that by helping your patient, you are also benefiting the larger community by preventing the spread of a communicable disease.

Elizabeth Larrabee, public health nurse

I attended church as a young boy with the public health administrator, and I always thought I might work for the health department. Later – after almost 20 years in another job – I got that chance when I was asked to consider applying for a position in Vector Control. I remembered those thoughts from childhood and applied. I’ve now been with the Allen County Department of Health for about 23 years. I am at my best when I get to serve and, at its core, public health is about serving our community for the greater good.

Phil Steigerwald, environmental technician - Vector Control & Healthy Homes Program

I chose public health because I wanted to make a difference in my community, and I’m able to do that. I can be a light to others by making a positive impact on their lives. Knowing I can make a difference – even with a simple smile – keeps me going.

Darlene Miller - Harm Reduction Coordinator
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What we do

Our work is as diverse as Allen County residents themselves.

The Allen County Department of Health is made up of eight divisions – Administration and Finance, Clinical Services & Case Management, Communications, Environmental Services, Food & Consumer Protection, HIV & STD Prevention, Informatics and Vital Records – to carry out the 10 Essential Public Health Services.

Duties include:

Learn more about what we do


Allen County employees are offered an attractive and competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage as well as paid time off - including holidays. Retirement packages offered include employer matching contributions up to 5%.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Accordingly, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, age, disability or medical condition, national origin, and veteran status, and all other categories protected by federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws. Reasonable accommodations for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law.


The Allen County Department of Health periodically offers internship opportunities for college and university students to gain practical, on-site work experience to enhance jobs skills and increase knowledge about public health while earning academic credit and contributing to our work.

Click here to apply

Partnerships with area schools, colleges and universities

We value and appreciate all opportunities to bolster students' knowledge through requests for information about our work.

To ensure the needs of students are met to the best of our abilities, students are asked to complete a form seeking basic information such as whether an interview or other information is sought, who is working on a particular project, what the project is about and when the project is due.

Download the form here

Search jobs in Allen County

Department of Health employment opportunities are listed among other Allen County jobs at the link to the right.