Baltimore County Department of Health
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.
Created in 1924, the mission of the Baltimore County Department of Health is to promote health and prevent disease through education, advocacy, linkage to resources and treatment to improve the quality of life for Baltimore County residents. Our vision is healthy people living, working and playing in Baltimore County.
Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE
Director of Health and Human Services
Baltimore County Health Officer
Della J. Leister, R.N.
Deputy Health Officer
Staffing and Organizational Structure
Consisting of approximately 560 staff, BCDH is divided into five bureaus:
Community Health Services
Prevention, Protection and Preparedness
Key Responsibilities of the Department of Health
Administer entitlement and benefit programs such as Maryland Children’s Health Insurance Program (MCHP), Women, Infants and Children Food Supplement Program (WIC), and Partnership Program.
Provide investigative, regulatory and oversight function in areas such as, communicable disease outbreaks, rabies exposures, animal nuisance complaints, health care facility inspections, mental-health core-service agency providers and federally-funded substance abuse treatment programs.
Act as lead agency in public health emergency events such as bioterrorism.
Provide clinical and case management services to at-risk populations in areas such as: family planning, immunizations, HIV/AIDS, high-risk infants, infants and toddlers, cancer screenings and treatments.
Provide outreach and education to promote healthy lifestyles, detect diseases, and encourage treatment services where applicable.
- View the summary from the 2014 to 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment (PDF) which examines the overall health needs of the Baltimore County population.
Revised April 15, 2016