Massachusetts Department of Public Health

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is a governmental agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with various responsibilities related to public health within that state. It is headquartered in Boston and headed by Commissioner Monica Bharel.[1]


Broadly stated, the goal of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health is to:

serve all the people in the Commonwealth, particularly the under served, and to promote healthy people, healthy families, healthy communities and healthy environments through compassionate care, education and prevention.[2]

Bureaus and programs[edit]

Among the bureaus and programs of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health are the following:

  • Center for Health Information, Statistics, Research and Evaluation monitors the health status of state residents through collecting information on births, deaths, marriage records, newly diagnosed cases of cancer, injuries, occupational conditions and illnesses, and health behaviors.
  • Bureau of Laboratory Sciences provides public health testing services, and supports training and quality of in-state laboratories (hospital and private). This bureau is poised for emergency response to biologic and chemical terrorism.
  • State Laboratory Institute houses two bureaus which provide diagnostic testing and vaccine production.
  • Public Health Library system consists of five individual libraries whose purpose is to serve the educational and research needs of public health professionals, health care providers and citizens. This department also maintains the archives of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
  • Office of Emergency Medical Services promotes statewide emergency medical services through the coordination of local EMS and first responders.
  • Office of Healthy Communities works to coordinate existing interdepartmental community health efforts, eliminate health disparities among population groups, and expand the reach of public health programs.
  • Office for Pharmacy Services establishes up to date clinical pharmacy practices, assures full regulatory compliance, implements and maintains pharmacy software and provides for all aspects of pharmacy services to public sector in a cost-effective and clinically responsible manner.


  1. ^ March 5, 2007 article in The Boston Globe
  2. ^ Massachusetts Department of Public Health