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Department of Health Overview

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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 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 this valuable tool to access our services, get important health information or to contact us. You can also sign up to receive alerts, news and information about upcoming events.


  • Still need a flu shot? Get one for free at one of our Health Centers (with the exception of Towson) or at the Drumcastle Government Center,  Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are only necessary for groups of five or more people. To schedule an appointment, call 410-887-2705.

  • 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.

  • Learn how to recognize, prevent and respond to an opioid overdose by attending a free two-hour training.

  • Open enrollment for health insurance is now through January 31! Visit or download the free mobile app to enroll into health and dental plans for 2017 and see what financial help you may qualify for. Get the mobile app for Android phones. Get the mobile app for iPhones

  • 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.

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 December 2, 2016        

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