The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) plays a vital role in keeping the Nation healthy. We accomplish this by setting national health goals and objectives and supporting programs, services, and education activities that improve the health of all Americans.

We also manage 3 independent websites:

  • health.gov — the home of ODPHP and an essential resource for health information
  • HealthyPeople.gov — tools and resources for professionals about Healthy People 2020 health objectives
  • healthfinder.gov — evidence-based, actionable health guidance for consumers

Congress created ODPHP in 1976 to lead disease prevention and health promotion efforts in the United States. We’re part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.

Our Initiatives


Our interactive online courses offer health professionals, students, and community leaders new skills to help their communities and improve the Nation’s health.

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Health Policy Residency

ODPHP offers an exciting opportunity to gain public health experience through the APTR-ODPHP Health Policy Residency.

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