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 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.