Health Protection and Disease Prevention

Visitors enjoy view of a lake
Visitors enjoy the view at Rocky Mountain National Park. NPS Photo/M. Reed

U.S. Public Health Service officers who work in the field for OPH are equipped with the professional knowledge in environmental health and engineering to be able to effectively identify, reduce and or eliminate public health hazards in parks. This work is conducted through on-site evaluations, consultations and trainings. Areas of emphasis are drinking water safety, waste water disposal, food safety, recreational water safety and backcountry safety. Ultimately, the OPH medical and veterinary epidemiologists work in collaboration with OPH field staff to reduce the risk of diseases transmitted between animals and humans.

Last updated: April 9, 2020