The Health Department and other State offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th in observance of Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Day.  There will be no birth certificate services.
We will reopen at normal business hours on Monday, November 27, 2017.

Resources and Referrals - 410-313-6202

Crisis Assistance - 800-422-0009

Open Enrollment for Healthcare is November 1 - December 15, 2017

Open Enrollment for healthcare begins on November 1, 2017 and ends on December 15, 2017.  

Hours are:  Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
                     Wednesday extended hours: 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Special Saturday Hours:  Saturday, November 18, 2017  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
                                              Saturday, December 9, 2017  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

For more information call 410-313-5845.

Seasonal Walk-in Flu Clinics
Date  Time Location
Tuesday, November 28, 2017  1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Miller Library - Avalon Room 
Wednesday, November 29, 2017   9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Health Department 
8930 Stanford Dr.
Columbia, MD  21045
Wednesday, December 6, 2017   9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

November is National Diabetes Month

According to the Center Disease Control, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. Diabetes is the number 1 cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and adult-onset blindness.  Diabetes is long-lasting disease that affects how your body turns food into energy.  According to the American Diabetes Association Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes
According to the 2016 Howard County Health Assessment, of the 2,000 Howard County residents surveyed 7% have diabetes and 7% have borderline diabetes.  

Do you want to know more?  Go to our Bureau of Health Promotion page here.

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States.   The most important thing you can do to lower your lung cancer risk is to quit smoking and avoid secondhand smoke. For help quitting, call our Tobacco Cessation Program at 410-313-6265.  For more quitting assistance call 1(800) QUIT-NOW (784-8669) or text QUIT to 47848 from your cell phone. 


Opioid/Heroin Overdose Prevention Training

For more information about substance use/abuse and prevention see our Behavioral Health page.  For Opioid Overdose Response (naloxone) Training, visit our Behavioral Health page or call 410-313-6202.  (You must reside, work or attend school in Howard County to participate.) 

Opioid Overdose Prevention Training Time Place
December 18, 2017 9:00 a.m. Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045

An Opioid Overdose Response Program Information video is available for viewing online. To view, click on the following link to Opioid/Heroin Overdose Training.

Rabies Vaccinations for Your Pets 
The Howard County Health Department, in cooperation with the Animal Control and Adoption Center sponsor monthly local vaccination clinics to protect your pet from the rabies virus. Bring your dog, cat, or ferret for a discounted vaccination the 3rd Thursday of each month.
Location:  8576 Davis Road
                     Columbia, MD 21045 
Time:  Every 3rd Thursday

Between the hours of 12pm and 1:30pm

Cost: $5.00 cash or check

Payable to “Director of Finance”

•    All pets must be on a leash or in a carrier!
•    Pets must be at least 3 months of age to receive a vaccination.
•    Re-vaccinate animals by the 1 or 3 year vaccination expiration date.

•    Please bring proof of any previous vaccinations. For cats and dogs you will need a copy of the previous rabies vaccine from your veterinarian. This will allow us to document a 3 year vaccination on your new certificate.

For more information, contact:
Bureau of Environmental Health at
(410) 313-1773
Animal Control and Adoption Center at
(410) 313-2780

Foodborne Illnesses


Important: If you think you are sick due to eating bad food or food product contact the Bureau of Environmental Health at 410-313-1772.  After business hours, leave a message with your call back information and we will return your call first thing the morning of the following day.