What is a Public Health Promoter?

At the Perth District Health Unit, Public Health Promoters plan, implement and evaluate comprehensive health promotion programs and services using a variety of strategies. These include: community mobilization, social marketing, health education, advocacy, and policy development.

What do you need to do to become a Public Health Promoter?

You need a baccalaureate degree in a health related field and experience in:

  • program planning, implementation and evaluation
  • health promotion and community development
  • policy analysis and development
  • health communication

Some Public Health Promoters also hold a master’s degree.

In what program areas do Public Health Promoters work?

  • Tobacco control
  • Physical activity
  • School and workplace health
  • Youth engagement
  • Substance misuse prevention
  • Prevention of injuries and falls
  • Sexual health
  • Environmental health such as food and water safety, air quality, rabies
  • Infectious diseases prevention and control
  • Emergency preparedness and response

What is the best part about being a Public Health Promoter at the Perth District Health Unit?

Public Health Promoters work with public health colleagues locally and across Ontario. They also partner with schools, workplaces, municipalities, health care, and a variety of community organizations.

What is the most challenging part about being a Public Health Promoter at the Perth District Health Unit?

Health promotion is not just about individual behaviours, it’s about creating healthier environments in which people live, work and learn. It’s a long-term process and you don’t always see the results of your work. For example, efforts to reduce smoking have taken 40 years and counting.

Thinking about becoming a Public Health Promoter?

The field of health promotion is growing. There are many opportunities to make a difference and contribute to the health of individuals, families, communities and society.