Philadelphia Department of Public Health

About Philadelphia Department of Public Health

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

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.


Philly Forward Intern

June 2019 - August 2019 Philadelphia, PA
“The intern cohort had weekly symposiums with leading professionals in various departments of the organization, so we were exposed to the full array of activities that the organization carries out. ”
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