About the Department of Public Health

Public Health logo       The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

The Department of Public Health (DPH) in Los Angeles County is one of the largest public health departments in the nation and is nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board. The department has an annual budget exceeding $940 million and a staff of over 4,000. DPH works to protect and improve the health and well-being of the 10 million residents within the County through a variety of programs, community partnerships, and services. The Director of DPH is Barbara Ferrer, PhD, MPH, MEd.

Areas in DPH where physicians work include HIV and STD; Tuberculosis Control; Immunization; Acute Communicable Disease Control; Community Health Services, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention; Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health; Women’s Health; Environmental Health; Emergency Preparedness and Response; Children’s Medical Services; and Health Assessment and Epidemiology. DPH also provides free and/or low-cost services to those with no insurance or regular health care provider, including immunization and communicable disease testing and treatment at the 14 Public Health Centers located throughout LA County.

You can learn more about the Department of Public Health here.

Los Angeles County Health Agency   The Los Angeles County Health Agency

The Department of Public Health (DPH) is a part of the Health Agency of Los Angeles County. Included in the Health Agency are the Departments of Mental Health and Health Services. The purpose of the integrated agency is to streamline access and enhance customer experience for those who need services from more than one department or specialty area.

Learn more about how these three departments are working together to improve the health and wellness of LA County residents here.


For general questions and help navigating the hiring process contact the Division of Medical and Dental Affairs at medicalaffairs@ph.lacounty.gov or 213-989-7236.

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