The mission of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health is to protect and promote the health of all Philadelphians and to provide a safety net for the most vulnerable.
The history of public health in Philadelphia reaches back to the city's beginnings. William Penn's "greene countrie towne" was the first American city to provide free hospital care for its poorest residents at the Philadelphia Almshouse, built in 1732. Our city is home to the nation’s first medical school, children's hospital, cancer hospital, eye hospital, nursing school and dental school.
We are proud to support a broad network of community, hospital, academic and business partners throughout Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. We work together to make Philadelphia a healthy place to live, work and play.
Distance from Independence Visitor Center: 0.71 miles
Distance from Sister Cities Visitor Center: 0.43 miles
Distance from Pennsylvania Convention Center: 0.26 miles