Public Health Directorate

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

Andrea Arz de Falco
Head of Public Health Directorate, Vice Director, Member of the Senior management (since 2008)

Further information

Addiction & health

Addictions and dependencies pose a risk to individuals and society at large. That’s why we promote people’s health literacy. Find out here about the various addictions and addiction prevention, regulation, damage limitation, counselling and therapies.

Strategy Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD strategy)

In Switzerland 2.2 million people suffer from noncommunicable diseases such as cancer. A healthy lifestyle would help prevent many of these conditions and reduce their consequences. This is where the NCD strategy and its partners come in.

HIV & Sexually Transmitted Infections

The NPHS aims to reduce the number of new infections with HIV and other STIs and to avoid consequences with an adverse effect on health. Information on the programme can be found here.

Health Equity

Our health system must be accessible to all, regardless of language, origin, social status or educational level.


The Confederation, together with the cantons and other stakeholders, has drawn up a national vaccination strategy (NVS) with the aim of guaranteeing that the population is sufficiently protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Last modification 09.12.2020

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Federal Office of Public Health FOPH
Public Health Directorate
Schwarzenburgstrasse 157
3003 Berne
Tel. +41 58 463 80 23

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