About

Since 1892, the Pasadena Public Health Department has been responsible for helping protect, maintain and improve the health of the Pasadena community. The City of Pasadena is one of only three cities in the state of California that maintains its own independent local health jurisdiction with responsibility for a wide variety of services that support the three core public health functions of assessment, policy development and assurance.

Mission Statement

The City of Pasadena Public Health Department is dedicated to the physical, social and mental well-being of all who live, work, learn and play in Pasadena.

Vision Statement

The Pasadena Public Health Department will lead the city to be the model of health excellence and community wellness.

Core Values

The Pasadena Public Health Department is committed to building trusting relationships with the community we serve; providing high-quality services; making health services accessible; instilling the value of public health; and creating opportunities that foster health professional excellence.

Department Leadership

Ying-Ying Goh, MD, MSHS
Director of Public Health and Health Officer

As the City’s Director of Public Health and Health Officer, Dr. Goh is responsible for the overall planning, administration and operation of the Pasadena Public Health Department. In this dual role, Dr. Goh also provides medical supervision and direction for City health services and programs, and has the authority to declare public health emergencies and quarantines.

Prior to appointment as Director of Public Health, Dr. Goh served in various capacities at the Pasadena Public Health Department, as the City’s Health Officer/Deputy Director and also as the Department’s Medical Director for Programs and Research, securing new grant funding and managing programs related to diabetes care management and childhood obesity prevention. Her professional experience includes clinical pediatric practice; management of a California Endowment task force to improve healthcare access and quality in Los Angeles County; design and implementation of a case management program for seniors with chronic conditions, and research to improve nutrition and physical activity for youth.

Dr. Goh earned a bachelor’s degree at Stanford University, a doctor of medicine degree at the Stanford University School of Medicine and a master’s degree in health services research from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health.


In November 2016, the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) successfully achieved national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), a non-profit organization. The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of the nation’s state, local, Tribal, and territorial public health departments.

At the time, PPHD was one of only eight public health agencies in California and less than 200 across the nation to achieve this distinction. However, hundreds of health departments across the country are preparing to seek accreditation through PHAB.

With accreditation, PPHD is demonstrating increased accountability and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials and partner organizations to better serve the health needs of the Pasadena community. The Public Health Accreditation Board evaluation analyzed many things, such as how well the Pasadena Health Department is able to assess health conditions in the community and how well staff are prepared to respond to disease outbreaks or other emergencies.

For additional information on public health accreditation, visit http://www.phaboard.org/