Public health knowledge and intelligence professional

Public health knowledge and intelligence professionals help to provide information that's essential both for identifying issues that have a negative effect on people’s health, and for planning to deal with those issues.

Public health knowledge and intelligence professionals are responsible for gathering, analysing and interpreting information. They can be broadly divided into:

Public health intelligence professional

Public health knowledge and intelligence professionals support all three 'domains' of public health (health protection, health improvement and healthcare public health). If you’re working within health protection you may be involved in work on infectious diseases requiring a rapid response (for example, providing information to inform the advice given to the public about pandemic flu or norovirus). If you’re working in health improvement or healthcare public health, you may be more involved in the longer-term work of interpreting data on chronic diseases (such as heart disease or lung cancer).

It’s worth knowing that actual job titles and roles within knowledge and intelligence are likely to vary greatly between different organisations and depending on their level of seniority. You will find some examples of the types of job roles in the working life section of this role page.

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