Assistant Public Health Officer - Tuberculosis Controller

County of Santa Clara
San Jose, California
Closing date
May 12, 2023

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Infectious Disease
Full Time
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The Assistant Public Health Officer-Tuberculosis (TB) Controller, who is Board Certified in Internal Medicine or other appropriate medical specialty such as Pediatrics or Family Medicine (Board Certification in Infectious Diseases or Pulmonary Medicine is desirable but not required), has overall administrative and programmatic responsibility for the TB Prevention and Control program. The TB program is charged with preventing TB infections and maintaining oversight of all patients with active TB in the county.

Typical Management Responsibilities:

  • Provide administrative and clinical leadership to assigned program managers and other program support staff to ensure compliance with various reporting requirements;
  • Plan, schedule, direct, assign, and evaluate the work of multidisciplinary teams; Oversee all TB program activities, including surveillance, research, evaluation, field/contact investigations, disease control and prevention activities, advocacy, and other collaborative projects;
  • Set Santa Clara County TB program priorities, direction, and strategic initiatives; Provide oversight for TB program operations, including budget, program evaluation and quality improvement activities;
  • Hire, supervise, mentor and coach TB program managers and staff, including the development and promotion of a culture of learning and quality improvement.
  • Oversee development, administration, and updates of policies, procedures, and standards relevant to TB control and case management;
  • Serve as Santa Clara County's representative on local, state, and national committees and taskforces;

Medical Oversight and Consultation

  • Provide expert consultation to the medical community in Santa Clara County on the appropriate protocols and care of persons with active TB disease based upon CDC and California TB Control Branch guidance;
  • Advise health care providers within Santa Clara County who treat persons for active TB and TB infection to ensure appropriate and optimal medical management;
  • Ensure medical community compliance with TB reporting requirements for SCC; Provide oversight to ensure patients with TB have appropriate access to treatment and medical care;
  • Provide medical direction, consultation, and technical assistance for large contact investigations, hospitals, and worksite investigations;
  • Lead TB case conferences with TB Case Management Team to review cases and advise on medical treatment plan;
  • Represent the Health Officer in all TB-related matters;
  • Convene community groups as needed to partner and facilitate best practices related to TB care and management in SCC;

Program Planninand Research

  • Direct TB program-related research; review and sign off all Public Health Department publications and reports containing TB data;
  • Plan, coordinate, and review the work plan for services and responsibilities;

Outreach and Education regardinsurveillance, reporting, epidemiology, prevention

  • Educate staff and medical community about TB disease trends, community-wide TB control strategies, and rationale for treatment protocols;
  • Provide medical and epidemiologic expertise on TB-related health issues, in accordance with state/national guidelines and local epidemiology;
  • Consult with department heads, city, state, and federal health department officials and others in addressing TB control issues in the community;
  • Keep Health Officer/Public Health Director informed of trends, outbreaks, and significant events related to TB;
  • Represent Santa Clara County for matters related to TB on local, state, and national committees and taskforces;

Enforce Legal Statutes

  • Take appropriate measures to prevent the spread of TB disease or occurrence of additional TB cases. This includes enforcing all orders, rules, and regulations concerning quarantine, isolation, DOT, GOTCH, etc. as prescribed or directed by the department;
  • Ensure the SCC TB School Mandate is followed by county schools. Review and update mandate as needed;


  • In coordination with the Public Health Department Health Information Officer, act as spokesperson for the TB Prevention and Control Program to the media;


  • Support departmental response to disaster events and assume duties as assigned by the Health Officer or Incident Commander;
  • Serve as an Assistant Health Officer;
  • Rotate "on-call" duty with the other physicians in the Public Health Department; Cross cover for Communicable Disease Controller; and
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Must be a Physician licensed in California and Board Certified in an appropriate medical specialty (e.g. Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or Family Medicine) and have significant training and administrative management experience in the planning, organization and coordination of local government-based and community public health programs in order to perform the above tasks.
Experience Note: The successful candidate will possess at least three (3) years of post-residency experience in disease control or public health. The candidate must have in-depth knowledge of the pathogenesis, transmission, and treatment of TB and experience in the diagnosis and medical management of TB infection and disease.
A Master in Public Health or completion of the CDC's Epidemic Intelligence Service, and/or Board Certification in Infectious Diseases or Pulmonary Medicine is highly desirable.
Knowledge of:

  • Will know and can apply all laws, codes, and/or ordinances related to areas of responsibility including, but not limited to, California Health and Safety Code including reportable disease, Public Health Administrative Standards/Practices, and Abuse Reporting Laws;
  • Clinical medicine, public health and health care (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, maternal and child health), management and administration;
  • Federal, state and local laws governing public health programs;
  • Principles and procedures of program development, implementation and evaluation in a multi-service agency;
  • Principles of governmental organization, public financing and budgeting; and
  • Current developments in local public health programs. 

Ability to:

  • Serve as Public Health link to the local medical community and county medical association;
  • Understand, interpret, and apply provisions of federal, state, and local legislation, rules, and regulations pertinent to the administration of appropriate programs;
  • Evaluate health risks and hazards and communicate information effectively and proactively;
  • Facilitate interaction of complex mix of public agencies and community-based organizations that impact public health and public policy;
  • Effectively communicate and work collaboratively with a diverse staff and community;
  • Speak before professional and community groups as well as being public health medical media spokesperson;
  • Prepare, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive budget for the TB program; and
  • Effectively plan, direct, and evaluate work of subordinate staff.

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