About us Alberta Health

Alberta Health, or Department of Health, is the ministry that sets policy, legislation and standards for the health system in Alberta and ensures compliance. The ministry allocates health funding and administers provincial programs such as the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan and provides expertise on communicable disease control.

The Minister of Health, the department and Alberta Health Services are key elements in Alberta's health care system. The minister is aided by department staff members, various advisory bodies and directed by government as a whole in setting health care policy.

The Minister and department also work with other ministers and related health departments across the country on national policies and initiatives.

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health provides direction and guidelines on public health policy to Alberta Health Services, and gives information to the public about communicable diseases and public health programs.

Health services in Alberta are delivered by Alberta Health Services. Some public health services may also be provided by private health care clinics, for example, dentists' offices.