Department of Health Overview
Gregory Wm. Branch, M.D., MBA, CPE, FACP
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 7-1-1
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 (PDF) to have healthy people living, working and playing in Baltimore County. Our mission is 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 our website to learn more about our services and get important health information. You can also sign up to receive alerts, news and information about upcoming events.
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.
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month! Millions of women are not being screened for cervical cancer, which could be prevented by routine screening and the HPV vaccination.
What will you do new in 2017? Read Branch's Blurb on how to be a STAR this year.
Need help applying for health insurance? Extended and Saturday hours are available during the open enrollment period, which ends January 31.
Overdose death rates involving fentanyl are rising at an alarming rate. Watch a video from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene on the dangers of fentanyl. You can learn how to recognize, prevent and respond to an opioid overdose by attending a free two-hour training.
The Department of Health is pleased to offer grants for substance use prevention education and activities. Community and faith-based organizations, schools, youth groups, parent groups and civic organizations are encouraged to apply for funding.
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.