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Public Health Offices

The following offices under the Assistant Secretary for Health are cornerstones for delivery of public health services.

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP)

Leads prevention, nutrition and physical activity programs like Healthy People and the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition.


Carter Blakely

Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)

Supports, strengthens and provides leadership to the nation’s system for protecting volunteers in research conducted or supported by HHS.


Jerry Menikoff, MD, JD

Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP)

Provides leadership to reduce the burden of infectious diseases and encourage collaboration and innovation among federal agencies and stakeholders.

Office of Minority Health (OMH)

Addresses health status and quality of life for minority populations in the United States.

Office of Population Affairs (OPA)

Advises on issues related to family planning, population affairs and adolescent health.


Office of Research Integrity (ORI)

Promotes integrity in research programs of the PHS, both intramural and extramural, and responds to allegations of research misconduct.

Office of the Surgeon General (OSG)

Provides Americans the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce their risk of illness and injury.

Office on Women's Health (OWH)

Improves the health of American women by advancing a comprehensive women’s health agenda throughout HHS.

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Content last reviewed on March 10, 2020