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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.

Agency Leadership

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:

  1. Behavioral Health

  2. Clinical Services

  3. Community Health Services

  4. Healthcare Access

  5. 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.

Agency Reports


Revised April 15, 2016        

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