About Harris County Public Health (HCPH)

Throughout the years, HCPH has responded to public health issues such as rabies, mosquito-borne illnesses, air and water pollution, disease outbreaks, water and food-borne illnesses, natural disasters, tuberculosis, polio, and other communicable diseases. 

Public health is now battling new challenges. Each year brings new diseases, new chronic disease risks, and more natural and man-made disasters. Every new threat has been matched by a public health response. Public health forces must work together to fight each new threat or new epidemics will spread.

Core Functions and Services

HCPH provides public health assessment, policy development and assurance activities for the residents of Harris County, Texas. These activities represent the core functions of public health. For a majority of services, the jurisdiction of HCPH includes the unincorporated areas of Harris County and over 30 municipalities located within the county. Together, this area represents a combined total population of approximately 2.06 million residents. In addition, for some services, such as mosquito control and refugee health screening, HCPH’s jurisdiction includes all 4.09 million residents of Harris County, including the City of Houston. The Practice of Public Health

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