Research ReportEducational Attainment and Characteristics of Leaders of Schools of Public Health and State Health DepartmentsGaskins Little, N. Ruth EdD, MPH; Greer, Annette PhD, MSN, RN; Moore, Justin B. PhD, MS, FACSMAuthor Information Departments of Public Health (Dr Little) and Bioethics and Interdisciplinary Studies (Dr Greer), Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina; and Departments of Family and Community Medicine, Epidemiology and Prevention, and Implementation Science, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Dr Moore). Correspondence: N. Ruth Gaskins Little, EdD, MPH, Department of Public Health, Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27834 (email@example.com). The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: July/August 2020 - Volume 26 - Issue 4 - p 393-396 doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000966 Buy Metrics Abstract A perceived diversity exists in the educational training of leaders in state and academic public health that isn't observed in other heath disciplines. To assess this perception, the present study describes the training and experience of state health directors and deans of schools of public health. Data were collected in 2017 for deans of schools of public health (n = 56) and state health directors (n = 49) in the United States. Results indicated that 56 deans had at least one terminal degree, while 14 state health directors did not. Women comprised 23 of the dean and 24 state health director positions. Years in current position were 6.91 for deans and 3.51 for state health directors. Thirty-seven deans and 22 state health directors held graduate degrees in public health. As public health leaders advance towards retirement; it is imperative that the public health professionals obtain relevant training necessary to become tomorrow's public health leadership. © 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.