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. Comprised of DC based staff in the Washington Support Office (WASO) and Commissioned Corps Officers who work at the regional or park level, the Office of Public Health executes its work through three focus areas: Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Health Protection. Within each of these areas, OPH staff are committed to advancing efforts to address climate and health equity while utilizing a One Health approach. In addition to carrying out the numerous public health efforts in parks, the Office of Public Health serves as the official personnel office and primary liaison to the U.S. Surgeon General for all U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Officers assigned to the Department of the Interior. Learn more about how OPH serves visitors by exploring our work below!

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Climate and Health Equity

Learn more about our efforts to address the most pressing issues to human health.

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One Health

Explore the connection between human, animal and environmental health.

Program Areas

Last updated: January 11, 2024