What we do
The Department of Public Health works to make Philadelphia a healthy place to live, work, and play.
- 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.
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.
The City’s Air Pollution Control Board is holding a hearing on Air Management Regulation 6, which affects how the Health Department monitors toxic air pollution. All are welcome to join and participate in the hearing, which is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10 at 6 p.m.
The Department of Public Health has released an update about monkeypox, including information about:
- Transmission, symptoms, and risk factors.
- How you can protect yourself.
- What to do if you think you have been exposed.
- What you should do if you have symptoms.
- How to get vaccinated against monkeypox.
To find out more, visit: The latest on monkeypox in Philadelphia.