Programs or Services
Administered / Provided by
Division of Public Health
The Division administers programs to promote and protect public health, prevent disease
and disability, and promote healthy behavior.
1. Communicable Diseases and Emergency Response. Promotes efforts to prevent and control
communicable diseases among Wisconsin citizens. Implements surveillance, control, and
prevention measures; assists local health departments,
health care providers, and citizens to prevent and control the spread of communicable
diseases; maintains a statewide surveillance system; assists in early identification and
intervention of communicable diseases; and informs the public about ways to prevent and
control communicable diseases. Licenses emergency medical service
providers and technicians, supervises and approves training, approves and coordinates
advanced support services, coordinates the Departments response to natural and
human-made disasters. More.
2. Community Health Promotion. Develops and supports
programs aimed at reducing the incidence of chronic disease among Wisconsin citizens and
promotes the availability of health services to those with chronic conditions. Assesses
health status, risk factors, and preventative health practices of the population;
identifies desirable health practices and services; provides ongoing health surveillance;
promotes public health education, programming and initiatives to promote the health of
citizens; and prevents chronic disease. Provides leadership to assure the health and
well-being of all Wisconsin families and their communities. Develops, implements and
administers policies for the health and well-being of women, children, and families.
Programs include life cycle health, nutrition education and counseling, supplemental food,
and vendor compliance. More.
3. Environmental and Occupational Health. Promotes public health through a statewide program to
increase public awareness of environmental hazards and disease and prevent and control
exposure to environmental hazards. Inspects restaurants, motels, hotels, vending machines,
public swimming pools, mobile home parks, campgrounds, milk processors/shippers, and
sources of radiation emissions. Protects the
public from health risks related to occupational activities and prevents occupational
illnesses and injuries in the workplace. Provides tracking of occupational diseases and
injuries through surveillance programs, provides assistance to employers to help create
safer workplaces, and provides training and program assistance on workplace safety and
4. Health Informatics. Collects,
maintains and provides vital records for the citizens of the state; integrates
and manages major public health related information systems; collects,
protects, disseminates and analyzes health care and population-based
health data needed to conduct critical state business. More.
5. Public Health Policy and Practice Alignment. Develops and
implements public health strategic planning. Supports
a division-wide planning and policy focus on population health that will
result in achieving the goals set out in the state health plans, Healthiest
Wisconsin 2010/2020. Works closely with the local public health departments throughout
Wisconsin. Provides technical assistance and consultation
for Community Health Assessments and Community Health Plans. More.
August 20, 2014