Division of Public Health (DPH)

The Division of Public Health (DPH) provides public health services to the people of Wisconsin that address communicable and chronic diseases; health promotion; environmental, occupational, and family and community health; emergency medical services; and injury prevention.  The Division is also responsible for issuing birth, death, marriage and divorce certificates, and collects statistics related to the health of Wisconsin residents.

Programs and Services within the Division of Public Health

Communicable Diseases

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.

Community Health Promotion 

Works to ensure the health and well-being of all Wisconsin families and their communities by developing and supporting programs aimed at reducing chronic diseases 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. 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. 


Environmental and Occupational Health

Promotes public health through by increasing public awareness of environmental hazards and disease and works to 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 health.

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.

Preparedness and Emergency Health Care

Coordinates the Department's response to natural and human-made disasters, licenses emergency medical service providers and technicians, supervises and approves training, approves and coordinates advanced support services.

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.

Regional Offices

Provides contract monitoring, technical assistance, and training related to family and community health, communicable disease prevention and control, chronic disease prevention and health promotion, environmental health, and injury prevention.

Wisconsin Division of Public Health
P.O. Box 2659
Madison, WI 53707-2659

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Last Revised: October 8, 2015