Basic Duties of Local Health Departments

Core Government Public Health Functions

The responsibility of local health departments is to protect and promote health, and prevent disease and injury. Public health services are population based - that is, services which are focused on improving the health status of the population, as opposed primary care providers who respond to the treatment of individuals.

To accomplish this mission, public health departments balance three core government public health functions. These functions are essential to the maintenance of population-based services.

Core Functions of Public Health




PO Box 94813

Lincoln, Nebraska 68509-4813

Phone 402.441.0509