What is Public Health?

Public Health:
  • Prevents epidemics and the spread of disease
  • Protects against environmental hazards
  • Prevents injuries
  • Promotes and encourages healthy behaviors
  • Responds to disasters and assists communities in recovery 
  • Assures the quality and accessibility of health services
Essential Public Health Services

Essential Public Health Functions


  1. Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems.
  2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
  3. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
  4. Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems.
  5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
  6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
  7. Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.
  8. Assure competent public and personal health care workforce.
  9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
  10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems
At Montgomery County Health Department, senior public health professionals include a Health Administrator, Medical Director and a Deputy Health Administrator who oversees the operations in the areas of Clinical Services, Communicable Disease Control, Health Promotion, Environmental Field Services and Water Quality Management. All staff seeks to assure that the services we provide are effective, accessible and affordable.