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Career Exploration Program (Job Shadowing)

The Career Exploration program is an opportunity for you to “job shadow” a public health professional (Career Exploration advisor) who has specific knowledge about an occupation or career.  You will observe responsibilities and tasks associated with the advisor’s career and have the opportunity to ask questions about the knowledge, skills, talents and level of education required for the job.  While the purpose of the program is to gather career related information and expand your networking contacts, it also allows you to build interviewing skills and become aware of trends in the field.  Multiple program experiences may be arranged to allow you to explore a variety of career paths.

The program requires the Career Exploration Release and Waiver form to be signed by the student and the ODH Office of Human Resources, Chief of Employee Services, as well as by the parent or legal guardian of a student under 18 years of age.

Benefits of a Career Exploration Experience:
  • Presents up-to-date facts about an occupation that can assist students in decision making.
  • Informs students about the skills required for certain jobs in the public health field.
  • Provides students with valuable networking contacts to utilize when conducting actual job searches.
  • Assists students in developing communication skills and self-confidence in talking with professional people exposes students to public health terminology unique to the career field. Gives students an edge in future interviews by providing additional knowledge about the field of public health.    


To inquire about a job shadowing opportunity, please send an email to the ODH Office of Human Resources at

Last Updated: 12/10/2014