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About the Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Our Mission

The mission of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health is to protect and promote the health of all Philadelphians and to provide a safety net for the most vulnerable.


William Penn
Public Health in Philadelphia

The history of public health in Philadelphia reaches back to the city's beginnings. William Penn's "greene countrie towne" was the first American city to provide free hospital care for its poorest residents at the Philadelphia Almshouse, built in 1732. Our city is home to the nation’s first medical school, children's hospital, cancer hospital, eye hospital, nursing school and dental school.

Our Services

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is organized by the divisions listed in the gray box to the right. Each division is responsible for providing services related to its name. Some services are provided by more than one division.

Our Partners

We are proud to support a broad network of community, hospital, academic and business partners throughout Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. We work together to make Philadelphia a healthy place to live, work and play.


Find Out More

Thank you for visiting our web site. We hope you will take some time to learn more about public health in Philadelphia, and we welcome your comments.


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