COVID-19 information: The City's Business Activity and Stay at Home Order is in effect until further notice. For the latest information, visit Text COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive updates to your phone.
In effect: 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17 until further notice

Department of Public Health

What we do

The Department of Public Health works to make Philadelphia a healthy place to live, work, and play.

Our department:

  • Provides high-quality medical care at City health centers.
  • Prevents the spread of illness and infectious disease.
  • Protects against environmental hazards.
  • Encourages healthy behaviors to prevent chronic disease.
  • Plans and responds to health emergencies.
  • Ensures the quality and accessibility of health services.
  • Sets health policy.
  • Collects, analyzes, and reports on a variety of public health data.

Two boards provide us with guidance on policy and regulatory issues: the Board of Health and the Air Pollution Control Board.

The Medical Examiner’s Office (MEO) determines the cause and manner of death for sudden, unexpected, and unnatural deaths in Philadelphia.

By providing a safety net to the City’s most vulnerable people, we work to keep everyone in Philadelphia healthy.


1101 Market St.
13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107


City is contacting people who have tested positive for COVID-19

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health is sending texts and emails to contact individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who may have come in contact with a person with COVID-19.

Individuals are asked to complete a brief survey to help the Health Department better understand and monitor the spread of COVID-19 in Philadelphia.  Questions address demographic details, signs and symptoms, and information about exposure history, travel, and hospitalization. Participation is voluntary.

Learn more about the City’s response to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.



  • Apr
    Board of Health meeting
    5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
    Philadelphia Municipal Services Building, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Room 1450, Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Board of Health meeting

    April 9, 2020
    5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, 2 hours
    Philadelphia Municipal Services Building, 1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Room 1450, Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • May
    PDPH Overdose Awareness & Reversal Training
    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
    1700 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA

    PDPH Overdose Awareness & Reversal Training

    May 11, 2020
    6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, 2 hours
    1700 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA

    With Philadelphia, and the nation, in the grips of an overdose crisis, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health offers FREE training on overdose awareness and overdose reversal using naloxone, or Narcan.

    Trainings will be held at the Free Library of South Philadelphia Branch at 1700 S Broad St. 

    Drug abuse and overdoses are an ongoing crisis in Philadelphia, killing more than 1200 people in 2017 and 1,116 people in 2018. The Medical Examiner reports that 88% of our fatal overdoses involve opioids, including heroin and fentanyl. The majority of these fatal overdoses happen indoors, in private residences. This training will teach you concrete actions you can take to help combat the overdose crisis and prevent fatal overdoses. Trainees will learn:

    • Information about the current state of the overdose crisis in Philadelphia
    • Potential risk factors for opioid overdose
    • Signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose 
    • Information about naloxone including: what it is, how to use it, & where to get it
    • The medical protocol for responding to an opioid overdose
    • Information about PA's Standing Order for Naloxone, Act 139, and the Good Samaritan protection

    Learn more about naloxone and how to get it  

    For more information on Philadelphia's plans to address the opioid crisis.

    To register or address any questions, please contact

    Registration encouraged, but not required. Walk-ins welcome!

  • May
    DBHIDS Monthly Narcan Training
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Community Behavioral Health, 801 Market St, 7th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

    DBHIDS Monthly Narcan Training

    May 13, 2020
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours
    Community Behavioral Health, 801 Market St, 7th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
    Narcan: Overdose Prevention Training 
    Third Wednesdays

    Now through December 2020 from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
    Community Behavioral Health
    801 Market Street, 7th Floor, Phila., PA 19107 

    Participants will learn: 

    • How to recognize harm-reduction approaches to high-risk behaviors, including substance misuse 
    • The immediate protocols for effectively administering naloxone (Narcan), the life-saving medication developed to help prevent fatal opioid overdoses 
    • The importance of the Good Samaritan Act 139 and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Standing Order for naloxone (Narcan) 

    To register visit:

    For more information,
    or visit