Health Bureau


Our Mission

To provide high quality public health services that protect and promote optimal health and well-being to assure Bethlehem is a safe and healthy community.


The Bethlehem Health Bureau, officially founded in 1980, ensures the health of the Bethlehem City community by utilizing the three core functions of public health: monitor health status to identify community health problems, diagnose and investigate health problems and hazards in the community, and evaluate effectiveness, accessibility and quality of personal and population-based health services.

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The clinics offered by the Bethlehem Health Bureau provide care to the community on an outpatient basis. These clinics provide health services that are considered essential to people who cannot afford private care. Some of these clinics specialize in vaccination and the prevention of infectious diseases. Others focus on the promotion of healthy babies and mothers and the treatment of communicable diseases.

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The Bethlehem Health Bureau and Bethlehem Animal Control work closely together to ensure the health and safety of our community by investigating reports of animal-to-human exposures, such as bites, as well as investigation and abatement of nuisance animals, and the handling of stray dogs.

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A communicable disease is an illness caused by a specific infectious agent or its toxic products. It arises through transmission of that agent or its products from an infected person, animal, or inanimate reservoir to a susceptible host, either directly or indirectly (through an intermediate plant or animal host, vector, or the inanimate environment). Control of disease is the reduction of disease incidence, prevalence, morbidity, or mortality to a locally acceptable level as a result of deliberate efforts; continued intervention measures are required to maintain the reduction.

The Maternal Child Health Division of the Bethlehem Health Bureau offers programs to mothers, children and families that commit to improving prenatal health, as well as infant/child health through home visiting, providing referrals and insuring that families have the resources they need for their children. We strive to educate families on parenting skills as well as educate to prevent illness or injury to pregnant women and children. We strongly support breastfeeding as we aid women in the community in gaining support for their decision to breastfeed. Our efforts promote the physical, social and emotional health status of mothers, infants, children and families in the community of Bethlehem.

The Public Health Preparedness Division of the Bethlehem Health Bureau is committed to improving the public’s health by advancing the City of Bethlehem’s response to health-related emergencies through the development and implementation of preparedness plans, surveillance, disease management, and enhanced communications. In addition, we actively educate the public on how to prepare themselves for a variety of disasters and emergencies that commonly occur in our area.

Emergency Contact Information

For public health emergencies that occur when the Bethlehem Health Bureau is closed, including weekends and most holidays, please call the Bethlehem Police Department’s non-emergency phone number at 610-865-7187.

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Bethlehem Health Bureau
10 E. Church Street
Bethlehem, PA 18018


Phone: 610-865-7083
Fax: 610-865-7326
General E-mail: askbhb@bethlehem-pa.gov
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