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

We advocate for and implement effective public health practices. We are a trusted source of health care and information.

We address the social determinants of health to achieve the highest quality of life for all.

We foster innovation and seek excellence in every endeavor. 

We build and maintain partnerships to achieve common goals.

We value and respect our staff and all those we serve. 

We inform, educate and empower to initiate change. 

We foster mutual respect, transparency, and accountability.

We honor the public’s trust and pledge to maintain the highest standard of service.


Maura J. Rossman, M.D.

Howard County Health Officer

Our Customer Service Promise

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HCHD 85th Anniversary

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