A guide to public health

Public health is about helping people to keep healthy and to avoid illness. We promote healthy lifestyles such as keeping a healthy weight through eating well and physical activity, drinking sensibly and avoiding smoking, as well as funding a range of public health services including sexual health and drug treatment programmes.

We also offer vaccination and screening programmes, as well as promoting safe sex.

The Director of Public health produces a report every year which recognises that many aspects of our lives impact on our health, and we work in partnership with many local organisations in improving the health of the whole community.

See Director's annual reports