What Public Health Does For You?


  • Collect, analyze, disseminate, and monitor health status.

  • Identify barriers, needs and gaps in service.

  • Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.

Policy Development

  • Define priorities for a public health response to identified problems or barriers.

  • Research effective methods for promoting, preventing and improving health.

  • Develop evidence-based policies and plans to assure individual and public health.

  • Advocate on behalf of the public’s health.


  • Promote environmental, mental and physical health and safety

  • Prevent disease, injury and disability

  • Diagnose and investigate health problems using the science of epidemiology

  • Educate and empower the public to be effective health consumer

  • Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and safety

  • Provide assurance that people have access to personal health services

  • Ensure the availability of a competent public health and personal health care workforce.

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