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Department of Health Overview

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Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE
Director, Health and Human Services | Health Officer
6401 York Road, Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212-2130

Phone: 410-887-BCHD (2243)
TTY users call via Maryland Relay
The Department provides language assistance services free of charge to persons with limited English proficiency.

It is the vision of the Baltimore County Department of Health to have healthy people living, working and playing in Baltimore County. We aim to promote health and prevent disease by educating communities, advocating for healthy lifestyles, linking people to resources and treating various health conditions. As a service-oriented agency, we encourage you to use this valuable tool to access our services, get important health information, or to contact us.  

Health Highlights

  • Branch's Health Blurb of the Month: prevent the spread of flu by remembering the flu F.A.C.T.S. Frequently wash your hands with soap and water. Always get an annual flu shot. Cover your cough and sneeze. Take time off if you have symptoms. Seek care if your symptoms get worse.

  • Cold Weather Resources - If you are looking for a warm environment with access to water and bathrooms, then Baltimore County has several “warming centers” available where you can get relief from the cold.

  • Still need a flu shot? Free flu shot clinics are being held daily at our Health Centers and on specific dates in the community during the month of November. Learn more.

  • Marylanders can renew or change their health plan for 2016 at Maryland Health Connection. Open enrollment to buy a qualified health plan for 2016 is November 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016.

  • Community, youth and faith-based organizations are encouraged to apply for a grant to conduct a tobacco education or prevention program in Baltimore County.

  • Opioid Overdose Prevention Training - Register to attend a free, two-hour training on how to recognize, prevent and respond to an opioid overdose by using intra-nasal naloxone, a prescription medication that is used to reverse an overdose.

Programs and Services

  • Animal Services - Get information about lost pets, pet adoptions, spaying and neuter services, microchipping and more.

  • Environmental Health Services - Get information on monitoring and consultation regarding food facilities, swimming pools and water sampling.

  • General Health Services - Get information on available health services for the general public and specialty groups and our health centers.

  • Information and Resources - Get information on a variety of health and safety topics and resources.

  • Community Event Requests - Complete our web form to partner with the Department of Health on your community event.

Revised November 20, 2015

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