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New Staff Orientation

The DPH New Employee Orientation is designed to help new staff members learn about public health services as well as  the division, department and state government.

Welcome to the Division of Public Health

Day One

Other DPH Required Training

Human Resources

What is Public Health?

This is Public Health Video External link (Association of Schools of Public Health)

Ten Great Public Health Achievements in the United States, 1900-1999

  1. Vaccination
  2. Motor-vehicle safety
  3. Safer workplaces
  4. Control of infectious diseases
  5. Decline in deaths from coronary heart disease and stroke
  6. Safer and healthier foods
  7. Healthier mothers and babies
  8. Family planning
  9. Fluoridation of drinking water
  10. Recognition of tobacco use as a health hazard

The 3 Core Functions and 10 Essential Public Health Services

The 3 Core Functions and 10 Essential Services of Public Health are illustrated below by the wheel graphic.

Public Health Wheel Graphic


  1. Monitor health status to identify community health problems
  2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community

Policy Development

  1. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues
  2. Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems
  3. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts


  1. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety
  2. Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable
  3. Assure a competent public health and personal health care workforce
  4. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services
  5. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problem