The Public Health Directorate promotes health literacy and health protection among members of the Swiss public. It provides information for shaping health policy and develops new health strategies.
The directorate's work includes encouraging people who use addictive substances to do so with regard for their health, and encouraging the public to exercise and eat healthily. It also develops policies and programmes for the prevention of non-communicable diseases and addiction. The Public Health Directorate monitors and combats communicable diseases and draws up crisis management strategies for pandemics. It also assesses the opportunities and risks arising from advances in biomedicine and high-end medicine. It draws up legislation and is responsible for implementation and enforcement.
Andrea Arz de Falco
Head of Public Health Directorate, Vice Director, Member of the Senior management (since 2008)
Theology and Biology, Dr. theol.
2006–2008 Head of Biomedicine Division, FOPH | 2004–2006 Head of Human Research and Ethics Section, FOPH | 2003–2009 lecturer in Medical Ethics, Department of Medicine, University of Fribourg | 2002–2004 Head of Applied Medical Ethics Unit, FOPH | 2000–2002 project leader of interdisciplinary national research project (National Research Programme NFP 46, transplants/implants) | 1998–2002 President of the Federal Ethics Commission on Non-human Biotechnology and senior assistant at the Institute for Ethics and Human Rights at the University of Fribourg
Last modification 09.12.2020