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Public health is the organized effort of society to protect and improve the population's health and well being through:

  • health promotion;
  • reducing inequalities in health status;
  • prevention of disease, injury, disability, and premature death; and
  • protection from environmental and other hazards to health.

Island Health's Medical Health Officers oversee a wide variety of initiatives designed to promote and protect public health.

For more about what we do, please read about the Core Public Health Functions in BC and browse the rest of this website.

You may also be interested in our departments:

  • Community Care Facilities Licensing Program
  • Health Protection and Environmental Services
  • Tobacco Control