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.

Connect

Address
1101 Market St.
13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Safer at Home

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Events

  • Dec
    1
    Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium - Community COVID-19 Testing Event + Free Flu Shots
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm
    SEPTA Frazer Yard, 32 Sproul Road, Malvern, PA 19355, USA

    Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium - Community COVID-19 Testing Event + Free Flu Shots

    December 1, 2020
    10:00 am to 2:00 pm, 4 hours
    SEPTA Frazer Yard, 32 Sproul Road, Malvern, PA 19355, USA
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    • No out-of-pocket costs
    • No appointments required
    • Walk-up testing 
    • Free flu shots offered in addition to COVID-19 testing
  • Dec
    2
    vybe urgent care - Community COVID-19 Testing Event
    9:00 am to 4:00 pm
    2670 Coral St., Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA

    vybe urgent care - Community COVID-19 Testing Event

    December 2, 2020
    9:00 am to 4:00 pm, 7 hours
    2670 Coral St., Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA
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    • Appointments preferred but not required. 
    • Video clinician visit required. Click here to register 
    • No out-of-pocket costs
    • Walk-up testing
  • Dec
    3
    Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium - Community COVID-19 Testing Event + Free Flu Shots
    3:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Mastery Charter School-Pickett Campus, 5700 Wayne Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA

    Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium - Community COVID-19 Testing Event + Free Flu Shots

    December 3, 2020
    3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 4 hours
    Mastery Charter School-Pickett Campus, 5700 Wayne Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19144, USA
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    • No out-of-pocket costs
    • No appointments required
    • Walk-up testing 
    • Free flu shots offered in addition to COVID-19 testing

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