About DSHS

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has been restructured to sharpen our focus on public health. Our job is to promote and protect the health of people, and the communities where they live, learn, work, worship, and play. We understand no single entity working by itself can improve the health of all across Texas. We must all work together to create a better system that includes prevention, intervention, and effective partnerships.


Our Vision

A Healthy Texas

Our Mission

To improve the health, safety, and well-being of Texans through good stewardship of public resources, and a focus on core public health functions.

Our Values

  • Lead with a vision.
  • Driven by science and data.
  • Partner with a purpose.
  • Engage and connect as a team.


Our Goals

  • Improve health outcomes through public and population health strategies, including prevention and intervention.
  • Optimize public health response to disasters, disease threats, and outbreaks.
  • Improve and optimize business functions and processes to support delivery of public health services in communities.
  • Enhance operational structures to support public health functions of the state.
  • Improve recognition and support for a highly skilled and dedicated workforce.
  • Foster effective partnership and collaboration to achieve public health goals.
  • Promote the use of science and data to drive decision-making and best practices.

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Last updated April 2, 2019