Overview of the Public Health Department
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department focuses on protecting and improving the health of communities through education, promotion of healthy lifestyles, disease and injury prevention, and the promotion of sound health policy. The Department is comprised of a highly diverse work force that encompasses many professional disciplines and several main areas of focus. The Department includes over 30 programs and services organized across seven divisions and centers.
Divisions & Centers
The mission of Santa Clara County Public Health Department is to prevent disease and injury and create environments that promote and protect the community’s health.
Creating a healthy community for all people to live, work, and play.
All people have the right to good health and well being.
The Santa Clara County Public Health Department works to keep all county residents safe and healthy and create environments that contribute to good health. We believe great things start with good health and are focused on protecting and improving the health of everyone who lives and works in Santa Clara County.
The Public Health Department is working towards improving its capacity to address the root causes of health disparities. As such, the Department has adopted the Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) framework for understanding and measuring the underlying social and economic determinants of health and implementing population based health strategies (such as policy, systems and environmental change) necessary to see measurable health impact on a community scale.
What is Public Health?
Public health is about protecting and improving the health of the entire community as a whole. Public health achievements during the last century have dramatically improved our quality of life.
Learn more about the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century.
Value of Public Health
Watch these videos by the American Public Health Association, to learn why public health is so important and how "Together, we can do better."
"Healthiest Nation in One Generation"
The video by the American Public Health Association explains why public health is so important.
New American Public Health Association worldwide message is
"Together, we can do better."
Santa Clara County Public Health Administration
976 Lenzen Avenue, 2nd Floor
San Jose, California 95126
Telephone: (408) 792-5040
Fax: (408) 792-5041
Hearing Impaired Contact: 7-1-1 (California Relay Service)