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About Us

Within the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Office of Public Health brings a public health approach to protecting the health of Veterans and staff.


The mission of the Office of Public Health is to serve as the leader and authority in public health, a core element essential to VA’s ability to fulfill its mission to serve and honor the men and women who are America’s Veterans. Within VA, public health is the science and practice of promoting health and preventing disease among Veteran and VA staff populations. In this context, health can be affected by natural or human-made environments, present and past occupations, place in society, gender, and other social or individual characteristics.

Our mission is reflected in four pillars that uphold the ideals, initiatives, services, and programs within the office:

  1. Surveillance and epidemiology
  2. Underserved populations
  3. Disease prevention, risk reduction, and health promotion
  4. Public health policy and guidance


Read biographies of Public Health senior officials.


Here are the groups and centers within the office that cover a range of programs to protect and promote the health of Veterans and staff:

Public Health At-A-Glance

Cover of the OPH Highlights Report

Office of Public Health Highlights Report (3.72 MB, PDF)
The Highlights Report provides a summary of Public Health’s recent accomplishments and initiatives that underscore our dedication to the health and well-being of Veterans and VA staff.

Contact the Office of Public Health.

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