United States Department of Health and Human Services

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is a cabinet-level executive branch department of the U.S. federal government created to protect the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. Its motto is "Improving the health, safety, and well-being of America".[3] Before the separate federal Department of Education was created in 1979, it was called the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW).

United States Department of Health and Human Services
Seal of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Flag of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Department Headquarters
Department overview
FormedApril 11, 1953; 68 years ago (1953-04-11) (as Department of Health, Education, and Welfare)
May 4, 1980 (1980-05-04) (as United States Department of Health & Human Services)
Preceding agencies
JurisdictionFederal government of the United States
HeadquartersHubert H. Humphrey Building
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Employees79,540 (2015)[1]
Annual budget$1.286 trillion (2020)[2]
Department executives
WebsiteHHS.gov

HHS is administered by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, who is appointed by the president with the advice and consent of the United States Senate. The position is currently held by Xavier Becerra, who was confirmed as secretary on March 18, following his nomination by President Joe Biden.[4] The United States Public Health Service (PHS) is the main division of the HHS and is led by the Assistant Secretary for Health.

The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, the uniformed service of the PHS, is led by the Surgeon General who is responsible for addressing matters concerning public health as authorized by the secretary or by the Assistant Secretary of Health in addition to his or her primary mission of administering the Commissioned Corps.