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), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (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 such as women’s health and family planning, immunizations, HIV/AIDS case management, home visiting to pregnant women, services for infants and toddlers with risk factors, cancer screenings and follow-up and assessments for disabled adults and senior citizens at risk for long term care placement.
Provide outreach and education to promote healthy lifestyles, detect diseases, and encourage treatment services where applicable.
View the Quality Improvement Plan (PDF), a description of the committment from the agency to continuously monitor, report and act to meet its program goals and mission.
View the 2014 to 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment (PDF), which examines the overall health needs of the Baltimore County population.
The Baltimore County Department of Health's Strategic Plan is being updated. While the vision and mission remain the same, efforts are being made to incorporate the Department's Community Health Needs Assessment, the initiatives of the Local Health Coalition, the Board of Health and partners, into a revised Strategic Plan and Health Improvement Plan.
Revised September 21, 2016