Since the inception of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), health security has played a pivotal role in the execution of DHS’s mission. Established in July 2022, the Office of Health Security (OHS) positions the Department for a proactive and agile response to the evolving health security landscape. The Office of Health Security is the principal medical, workforce health and safety, and public health authority for DHS. OHS strengthens the Nation’s health security through leadership and partnership, a safer and healthier DHS workforce, and optimal care for those entrusted to us.
The Office of Health Security (OHS) strengthens the Nation’s health security through leadership and partnership, a safer and healthier DHS workforce, and optimal care for those entrusted to us.
Manages the strategic direction of OHS, mission support operations, special programs, and communications. Special programs include:
- Liaising between DHS and the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service
- Establishing the Child Well-Being Program, a new program authorized by the FY22 Appropriations Act to enhance the well-being of children in DHS’s care. Once fully operational, the CWB Program will move to the Border Health Division within the Healthcare Systems and Oversight Directorate and be led by the new program manager.
Total Workforce Protection Directorate
Innovates, implements and oversees Departmental workforce, health, safety and medical programs.
Health, Food & Agriculture Resilience Directorate
Enhances preparedness and response efforts for events that threaten the health, food, and agriculture sectors.
Healthcare Systems & Oversight Directorate
Trains, unifies, integrates, and standardizes quality healthcare for those in our care while ensuring appropriate oversight.
Health Information Systems & Decision Support
Manages DHS medical and public health data to drive decision-making and support oversight of all OHS mission areas.
Provides specialized direct technical assistance to FSLTT partners through a regionalized network of interdisciplinary subject matter experts.