Health Protection means intervening to protect the public from exposure to health-damaging hazards. Departments of Public Health have a statutory responsibility to protect health under the Medical Officer of Health function.
Health protection services include:
Examples of Public Health Hazards
Toxin producing E.coli
Meningococcal meningitis and septicemiaia
Health protection involves risk assessment, identification and implementation of solutions, and most importantly communication with the public and professionals. Department of Public Health staff work closely with a variety of professionals within the HSE, especially the Health Protection Surveillance Centre and with other agencies including Local Authorities, Government Departments, the Environment Protection Agency, and Public Health England.