Promoting Your Health & Well-being

Formerly a part of DHEC, DPH provides public health services, health care quality improvements, and resources to everyone in South Carolina.


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Monday, Jul 8, 2024

State Partnership Aims to Increase Physical Activity in Chester County

July 8, 2024

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Public Health (DPH) has joined a number of community partners in an effort to increase physical activity for Chester County residents through an app-based scavenger hunt and a series of events in local parks this summer. 

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  • Wednesday, Jul 3, 2024

    Rabid Bat Confirmed in Dorchester County; One Pet Exposed

    July 3, 2024

    COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Department of Public Health (DPH) confirmed that a bat found near Crooked Stick Court and Buremda Run in Summerville, S.C., has tested positive for rabies. No people are known to have been exposed at this time.  One dog  was exposed and will be quarantined as required in the South Carolina Rabies Control Act.

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  • Tuesday, Jul 2, 2024

    DPH Encourages Safe Use of Fireworks During Fourth of July Weekend

    COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Department of Public Health (DPH) is encouraging residents to practice critical safety precautions when handling fireworks so they can protect themselves and their children during Fourth of July festivities. While fireworks are a source of fun and celebration, they can also cause serious or permanent injury and death if not used properly. 

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  • Monday, Jun 24, 2024

    New S.C. Department of Public Health Announces July 1 Launch

    COLUMBIA, S.C. – A week from today, on July 1, 2024, the new South Carolina Department of Public Health (DPH) will officially begin serving the people of South Carolina.

    Formed by Act 60, DPH will be the health component of the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). DPH’s mission is to protect, promote and improve the health and well-being of everyone in South Carolina. 

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