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About Us

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is the primary state health agency for the state of Alabama.


To promote, protect, and improve the health of individuals and communities in Alabama.

Value Statement

The purpose of the Alabama Department of Public Health is to provide caring, high quality, and professional services for the improvement and protection of the publicís health through disease prevention and the assurance of public services to resident and transient populations of the state regardless of social circumstances or the ability to pay.

The Department of Public Health works closely with the community to preserve and protect the publicís health and to provide caring, quality services.


Alabama law designates the State Board of Health as the advisory board to the state in all medical matters, matters of sanitation, and public health. The State Committee of Public Health meets monthly and is authorized to act on behalf of the State Board of Health. The State Health Officer is empowered to act on behalf of the State Committee of Public Health when the Committee is not in session.

More than 140 years ago, medical leaders in Alabama advocated constitutional authority to oversee matters of public health. The purpose of the authority was to preserve and prolong life; to plan an educational program for all people on rules which govern a healthful existence; and to determine a way for enforcing health laws for the welfare of all people.

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