The Health Department will be CLOSED from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2017. No birth certificate services will be available during that time.
Should you need birth certificate services, please call 410-764-3038 or visit Maryland Department of Health Vital Records.

Resources and Referrals - 410-313-6202
Crisis Assistance - 800-422-0009

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness of breast cancer risks, the value of screening and early detection. More than 249,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and nearly 41,000 die from the disease.

Howard County Health Department's Breast and Cervical Cancer Program's (BCCP) goal is to reduce breast and cervical cancer deaths through education, screening, diagnosis, treatment and patient navigation services.  Find out more about what BCCP has to offer by visiting their page HERE or by calling 410-313-4255.

Visit our Remembrance Tree that recognizes those who have or are fighting Breast Cancer.  Pin the name of someone you love on the Rememberance Tree  located in the lobby of the Health Department.

Breast Cancer Resources:

The Great American Smokeout is Thursday, November 16, 2017

Every year, in November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

For information about our smoking cessation programs visit our Tobacco Control page.  For free tobacco awareness program for teens, visit our Synar page

Join our Great American Smokeout Thunderclap (click to join) which allows supporters to automatically post the same message at the exact same time, creating a viral BOOM! If you have a Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr account, you can add your voice to the social media thunder! Your message will help share important support and resources for people who want to quit smoking. 

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
October 16, 2017 9:00 a.m.
Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD  21045

November 6, 2017 9:00 a.m.
December 18, 2017 9:00 a.m.

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.