ArticlesThe Public Health Workforce in the Year 2000Gebbie, Kristine; Merrill, Jacqueline; Hwang, Inseon; Gebbie, Eric N.; Gupta, MeeraAuthor Information Kristine Gebbie, DrPH, RN, is the Elizabeth Standish Gill Associate Professor of Nursing and Director, Center for Health Policy, Columbia University School of Nursing, New York, New York. Jacqueline Merrill, MPH, RN, is Project Manager, Center for Health Policy, Columbia University School of Nursing, New York, New York. Inseon Hwang, DNSc, RN, is a Research Assistant at the Center for Health Policy, Columbia University School of Nursing, New York, New York. Eric N. Gebbie, MIA, is a student at the School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, New York. Meera Gupta, MPH, is Data Manager, Center for Health Policy, Columbia University, School of Nursing, New York, New York. The authors acknowledge the contributions of Monte Wagner and Rula Btoush to this project. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: January-February 2003 - Volume 9 - Issue 1 - p 79-86 Buy Abstract It has been 20 years since the last estimate of the public health workforce's size and composition. This study provides a best estimate through secondary analysis of existing workforce reports, summaries, and information gathered from chief health officials in 50 states and 6 territories, public health organizations, and federal agencies. Results indicate that the workforce consists of some 448,254 persons in salaried positions as follows: 44.6 percent professionals, 4 percent officials/administrators, 14 percent technicians, and 13 percent clerical/support. Workforce size may have decreased by as much as 10 percent over the last 20 years, despite a 25 percent increase in population and rising health hazards. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.