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Public Health

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities.

Our Vision

The Defense Health Agency Public Health Division strives to be a cutting-edge, world-class public health capability that is lean, efficient, effective, forward leaning, strategically positioned to fully meet the MHS and customer needs.

Our Mission

  • Support the move from a health care system to a system of health by focusing on the prevention of disease, disability, and death in garrison and while deployed
  • Create timely, standardized execution guidance, in collaboration with the Services
  • Increase effectiveness and efficiencies (e.g., manpower and cost savings) through consolidation/re-engineering of functions
  • Develop comprehensive portfolio management and DHA Public Health structure to best accommodate the integration and evolution of future product lines.

Shared Service Functions

  • Support the move from a health care system to a system of health by focusing on the prevention of disease, disability, and death in garrison and while deployed
  • Create timely, standardized execution guidance, in collaboration with the Services
  • Increase effectiveness and efficiencies (e.g., manpower and cost savings ) through consolidation/re-engineering of functions
  • Develop a comprehensive portfolio management and DHA Public Health structure to best accommodate the integration and evolution of future product lines.

Tech. Sgt. Donny Aspiras gathers a sample of water from the “pit and pond” obstacle Sept. 15.Our Initiatives

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