What is Public Health?

Public health professionals monitor health status to identify and investigate community health problems. We also inform and educate the community about essential health issues.
Public health professionals must also mobilize community partnerships to:
  • Identify and solve health problems that may arise.
  • Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
  • Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
  • Link people to needed personal and environmental health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.
At MCHD, public health professionals include a Director of Health who also acts as our Medical Director, and three Bureau Deputy Directors for: Personal Health Services, Environmental Health Services and Administration. All staff seeks to assure that the services we provide are effective, accessible and affordable.