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Recruitment #20-009609-0001




Maryland Department of Health, Deputy Secretary for Public Health, Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

The Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services (PHS) oversees the public health aligned units and programs within the Maryland Department of Health (MDH).  With a budget of over $1 billion and 5,000 employees, the Deputy Secretary manages and leads various administrations and offices including the: Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Laboratories Administration, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, State Anatomy Board, Office of Provider Engagement and Regulation, Office of Health Care Quality, Office of Population Health Improvement, Vital Statistics & Vital Records, and 24 Local Health Departments.

The Deputy Secretary for Public Health Services provides leadership to improve the health status of every Maryland resident and to ensure access to quality health care.  ln providing such leadership, the Deputy Secretary of Public Health is responsible for advising the Secretary of Health on health matters and related public health policies and programs and directing department staff in carrying out the public health service programs and activities to ensure the health and well-being of Maryland citizens.  This executive level position has day-to-day operational oversight including budget and fiscal management, supervision and management of staff, policy development, and program planning and analysis, as well as responsibility for investigation, monitoring, and laboratory testing for communicable diseases, community health education and preventive disease services.  


Qualified candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, six years of professional health or human services administrative experience, including three years of professional experience in public health administration, and three years of experience at the supervisory or management level.

A Master’s degree may be substituted for one year of general experience. A doctoral degree may be substituted for two years of general experience.  A Master's degree or Doctorate in public health may be substituted for one or two years public health experience.  


The preferred candidate will have an analytical background in public health policy and planning, demonstrated leadership capabilities, and the ability to provide testimony and advice to the General Assembly pertaining to public health issues.  Experience in emergency preparedness and response services, or experience planning and practicing emergency drills and exercises, preferably in a health care setting, is also desired.


This is an Executive Service position, and serves at the pleasure of the Appointing Authority.  A resume must accompany an application.

Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. 

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to 410-333-5689. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

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View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.