(1) The department shall foster the recruitment, retention, and continuing education and training of health professionals and managers needed to administer the public health mission. This responsibility shall be conducted in cooperation with federal, state, and local agencies whose purpose is to prepare persons for service in public health, especially the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State University System, Florida medical schools, and the College of Public Health of the University of South Florida. To support the department in this endeavor:
(2) The Legislature intends that the College of Public Health of the University of South Florida assume a leadership role within the public health system through the development of academic programs intended to meet this state’s unique health care, environmental, economic, political, and social service needs. Beyond its roles as educator of public health professionals in this state and as sponsor of relevant academic research, the School of Public Health shall be consulted by the public officials of this state in the management of public health affairs.