What We Do

The National Park Service Office of Public Health delivers the highest quality professional public health services to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of visitors who come to enjoy our parks.

The OPH team is comprised of DC based staff in the Washington Support Office (WASO) and Commissioned Corps officers who work at the regional or park level. Functioning like a health department, OPH provides agency specific capabilities for parks on a range of new and evolving public health issues. OPH professionals assist park superintendents and land managers by providing disease surveillance and response, conducting on site evaluation/hazard analysis, offering consultation and policy guidance and coordinating with local, state and federal health partners.

In addition, the OPH serves as the official personnel office and primary liaison of the U.S. Surgeon General for all U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Officers assigned to the Department of the Interior.

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Protect Visitors

Learn more about our environmental health efforts.

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Prevent Diseases

Learn more about our disease prevention strategies.

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Promote Health

Learn more about Healthy Parks Healthy People.

U.S. PHS Officers in Washington, DC

Respond to Incidents

Learn more about the work of our U.S. PHS Officers.

Last updated: November 6, 2019