About the Health Department

Our Vision

A model community in which health equity and optimal wellness are accessible for all who live, work and visit Howard County

Our Mission

To Promote, Preserve and Protect the Health of All in Howard County

Our Core Values


Health Equity
Quality Improvement
Public Engagement
Strategic public health investment
Advancing the public health field


Dr. Maura J. Rossman, M.D.

Howard County Health Officer

Our Customer Service Promise

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HCHD on Social Media

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HCHD 85th Anniversary

Watch the 85th Anniversary video showing the evolution of the Health Department in Howard County.