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​About the Department of Health


 Below is a list of quick resource links to information on the Department of Health 

About the Department of Health
The Department of Health was created by the Act of April 27, 1905, P.L. 312, and modified subsequently through the Administrative Code of 1929.  Act 87 of July 2, 1996, P.L.518, removed the requirement that the Secretary be a Physician; The Act also established the new position of Physician General.
The Department of Health has touched every citizen in all parts of the Commonwealth. Through the use of community-based strategies, the Department of Health has successfully reduced the number of serious illnesses, injuries and deaths due to major health threats; tobacco-related diseases; infectious disease; and accidental injuries.   
Over the years, the Department's mission has been adapted to meet the needs and demands of the dynamic nature of Public Health, but one thing has not changed -- the commitment, dedication and professionalism of Department of Health staff to provide top-quality programs and services that benefit the health, safety and well-being of all Pennsylvanians. Read more.
 
 
Directions to the Department of Health
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is located in several locations across the Commonwealth. The Health and Welfare Building in Harrisburg is our main office location, but there are several other important locations listed here.
 
Executive Staff
 Visit the DOH executive staff page.
 
History of the Department of Health
Department of Health was created by the Act of April 27, 1905, P.L. 312, and modified subsequently through the Administrative Code of 1929. Act 87 of July 2, 1996, P.L. 518, removed the requirement that the Secretary be a physician; the Act also established the new position of Physician General.
The Department of Health has touched every citizen in all parts of the Commonwealth. Through the use of community-based strategies, the Department of Health has successfully reduced the number of serious illnesses, injuries and deaths due to major health threats; tobacco-related diseases; infectious disease; and accidental injuries.
Over the years, the Department’s mission has been adapted to meet the needs and demands of the dynamic nature of Public Health, but one thing has not changed – the commitment, dedication and professionalism of Department of Health staff to provide top-quality programs and services that benefit the health, safety and well-being of all Pennsylvanians. Read more.
 
 
Physician General
Dr. Rachel Levine –  Physician General
Dr. Levine is currently Physician General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine.
Read more about Dr. Levine. 
 
Secretary of Health
Karen Murphy is the Secretary of Health in Pennsylvania. Dr. Murphy has extensive knowledge of the health care industry and is a proven executive who has demonstrated her ability to lead complex organizations and initiatives in both the public and private sectors. Prior to assuming her role in Governor Wolf’s cabinet  Secretary Murphy served as Director of the State Innovation Models Initiative, a $900 million investment by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation aimed at accelerating health care innovation across the nation. Secretary Murphy has an extensive career in healthcare administration. She was the former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Moses Taylor Health Care System.  Prior to becoming CEO of Moses Taylor Health Care System, Dr. Murphy served in various roles in health care administration. As founder and Chief Executive Officer of Physicians Health Alliance, Inc. (PHA), Secretary Murphy led an integrated medical group practice within Moses Taylor Health Care System. Read more about Dr. Murphy. 
 
Department of Health Monthly Newsletter


2017-18 HHS Budget


HHS Unification