A composite photo showing Health Department workers in three settings: a smiling nurse with a client and her child; a smiling water inspector in the field; and a smiling food inspector shaking hands with and handing a food inspection report to a chef.

Public health is essential for all of us.

Every day, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department works so you can enjoy a meal, drink tap water, breathe clean air, and stay healthy and disease free. That’s why public health is essential.


Healthy People in Healthy Communities.


We protect and improve the health of all people and places in Pierce County.


  • People are healthy and safe here.
  • People have equitable opportunities for health.
  • Children, families and communities thrive.

Communicable Disease Control

Communicable Disease and Control prevents and controls the spread of diseases. We:

  • Investigate and limit disease outbreaks.
  • Ensure people with diseases such as HIV/AIDS, whooping cough, and tuberculosis receive appropriate care.
  • Prepare for and respond to emergencies.
  • Ensure food in restaurants and schools is safe to eat.

Environmental Health

Environmental Health helps our communities become healthier places to live, learn, work, and play. We ensure:

  • People have access to healthy foods and healthy environments.
  • Water is safe to drink.    
  • Air is safe to breathe.

Strengthening Families

Strengthening Families helps children, families, and communities thrive. We provide:

  • Family support for your child’s early years.
  • Substance abuse prevention, education, counseling, and treatment.
  • Comprehensive community oral health.

Administrative Services

Administrative Services Division ensures our organization is high-performing, innovative and quality focused. We:

  • Ensure financial sustainability and capacity.
  • Ensure a responsive, well-trained and competent workforce.
  • Provide timely and effective communication.
  • Ensure optimal facilities and technology infrastructure.
  • Prepare for and respond to emergencies.

This division includes:

  • Communications.
  • Finance and budget services.
  • Health equity.
  • Human resources and risk management.
  • Information technology.
  • Epidemiological assessments, community planning, and quality improvement.
  • Office of the Director.
  • Vital Records.


  • Our Core Values—Principles Health Department staff strive to bring to their work every day.