About Public Health

Public health works to create healthy communities through a wide variety of approaches. Governmental public health is responsible for five primary foundational areas: communicable disease control; chronic disease and injury prevention; environmental public health; maternal, child, and family health; and access to and linkage with clinical care. While these services may look unique to each community, they are present in governmental public health jurisdictions across Minnesota. 

The foundational capabilities are the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully implement the foundational areas governmental public health is responsible for. 

To learn more, visit the Minnesota Department of Health’s website.