Public Health Investigation (PHI)
Administration establishes standards of professional
practice to direct the activities of PHIs who enforce
public health laws, rules, and regulations governing
communicable disease control. PHI Administration
develops and directs quality assurance activities,
coordinates recruitment, provides continuing education,
and develops and delivers training curricula for new
staff. The office provides technical support,
investigative resources, and consultation to PHIs
assigned to health districts and specialty programs.
The office also conducts special investigations
requested by management and coordinates county-wide PHI
responses to disease outbreaks ,natural disasters and
bioterrorism events. The State Marine Biotoxin
Monitoring Program and mandated activities for
Commercial Sex Venue Inspections and the Adult Film
Industry Enforcement are coordinated out of this office.
PHI Administration serves as the
Custodian of Records for the Department of Public
Health. This office responds to subpoena duces
tecum and fulfills request for departmental records,
pursuant to the California Public Records Act. The
PHIs assigned to the Custodian of Records unit provide
consultation to Public Health units regarding the
confidentiality of records, accepting personal
subpoenas, and procedures for court appearances.
They also assist local funeral directors with complying
with the public health laws of foreign countries when
shipping human remains to those countries.
For information about requesting a Body
Shipment Letter/Port of Entry Letter,
For information about requesting a
record, including a Hazardous Material report,
For information about serving a
subpoenas, call (323) 890-7801.