The Public Health Officer (PHO) collaborates with the Senior Director of Public Health in facilitating a community approach to improve the County’s overall health. Utilizing both innovative and industry best practices, the PHO focuses on developing new and supporting existing prevention and risk reduction initiatives. The PHO supervises, manages, and directs the daily activities of clinical personnel. The position is also responsible for providing medical consultation of public health surveillance, community health assessment and planning, program evaluation, community epidemiologic study, disease investigations, emergency preparedness, preventive health services, and travelers’ services. The Public Health Officer reports to the Senior Director of Public Health and oversees the Director of Nursing and the Director of Communicable and Environmental Disease, who have a total staff of 170.  Recently, Knox County redefined this full-time position with the option to a 32-hour work week.

This position requires a Doctorate in Medicine with a master’s degree in public health or a related field preferred; but not required; supplemented by 3-5 years previous experience in healthcare/public health and/or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.  Qualified candidates will possess and maintain a valid Board Certification in Family Practice, Pediatrics, or Internal Medicine, and must be able to obtain, possess and maintain a valid Tennessee license to practice medicine.

The starting salary range for this full-time position (option to a 32-hour work week) will be $150,624 – $240,988 depending upon qualifications and experience.  Additionally, Knox County offers a comprehensive, market competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision plans, as well as life insurance and paid vacation.  They also offer a very generous employer match to a 401a Asset Accumulation Plan, 457b Voluntary Plan, and MERP plans.

We invite qualified professionals to submit a cover letter and resume by visiting our website at:


This position is open until filled; however, a first review of resumes occurs on August 16, 2022. Following this date, applications will be screened against criteria outlined in this posting. For more information, please email Patty.Heminover@bakertilly.com or call 651-223-3058.

For more information about Knox County, visit https://www.knoxcounty.org/

Knox County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.



About Knox County, Tennessee

Knox County (pop. 478,971) spans over 526-square-miles in the geographic center of East Tennessee. The county seat is Knoxville, the third-most populous city in Tennessee. Nearly half of the nation’s population is within a day’s drive of Knoxville via six interstate highways transecting the area.