The Howard County Health Department is open for essential services BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
Appointments must be made in advance.  To schedule an appointment call 410-313-6300
Many services are still available remotely.  Scroll down for detailed information about programs and services. 


Summer Heat Safety

Heat-related illness can be deadly. Visit our Emergency Preparedness page for more information about staying safe and cool this summer.

Crisis Services:

For more information about Behavioral Health, click HERE or click on the Behavioral Health tab on the left.

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2019 Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Visit our CORONAVIRUS PAGE for updated and detailed COVID-19 information! 




Health Department Programs and Services During Covid-19

While the Health Department has expanded in-person, APPOINTMENT-ONLY services, we continue to offer many services virtually. Please note for any in-person services: we ask that only the person receiving the service enters the building. We cannot accommodate more than 2 people in a group for any appointment. Interpretation services will be provided.

Birth Certificate Services:

  • Birth Certificates available on-site at the Health Department Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 3:30pm.  
  • You can also obtain application forms and detailed information for ordering vital records or requesting amendments here:
  • You can visit
  • You can order by mail by sending forms to:
         Division of Vital Records, P.O. Box 68760, Baltimore, MD 21215
  • You can call MDH Vital Records at 410-764-3038, push 1.

Access to Healthcare:

  • In-person services available by appointment only. Call 410-313-5845 for appointment.
  • Medicaid – Use the online portal at or call 1-855-642-8572
  • MA Transportation Program – Continue to call 1-877-312-6571 to schedule a ride.

Behavioral Health:

Clinical Services:

  • STI/HIV, Reproductive Health, Immunizations, Tuberculosis: clinics will be open by appointment only. Call 410-313-7500.
  • WIC: all appointments will be conducted via phone through September. Call 410-313-7510.

Health Promotion:

  • Cribs for Kids & Kids in Safety Seats (KISS) Programs: A referral is required for these programs. Distribution available one day a month after completing online classes. Call 410-313-6295.

Environmental Health:

  • Appointments available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00am – 12:00pm. For customers who have plans/blueprints/documents to submit for review, there will be a contact-less drop box located outside the building entrance. This will be monitored daily by staff from 8:30am - 3pm. No appointment necessary to drop plans off.             
    • Food Protection Program: 410-313-1772
    • Well & Septic Program: 410-313-1771
    • Community Hygiene Program: 410-313-1773

Lung Disease Associated with E-Cigarette/Vaping Use 

Electronic smoking devices (ESDs) contain harmful chemical that cause lung disease and possibly death. They also contain addictive nictoine that can damage your brain. For more information about the dangers of vaping and the effects it can have on teens and young adults, visit our Tobacco Control Program page.

***For clinician information, visit our Tobacco Control Program page.***

Breaking the Cycle of Youth Suicide in Howard County

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Suicide was the second leading cause of death for people ages 10-24 in 2017.  In Howard County, suicide was the leading cause of death for youth ages 15-19 between 2014-2016.  According to the Maryland Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 1 in 6 high school students and 1 in 5 middle school students have “seriously considered attempting suicide”. 

An evidence-based Youth Suicide Prevention Plan, accompanied by an “It’s OK to Ask” outreach campaign, was created to encourage both youth and adults to talk openly about suicide and suicide prevention.  Learn suicide warning signs and get tips about how to start a conversation by visiting 

Phase Two: Sources of Strength

The second phase of the Youth Suicide Prevention Program began in November 2019 with the implementation of the Sources of Strength Program. Sources of Strength is a best-practice youth suicide prevention project. Student peer leaders and adult advisors design and share Hope, Help and Strength-based messages with youth in the community to prevent suicide, bullying and substance use.

How does Sources of Strength work?

  • Creates an interactive peer leadership program that influences positive social change
  • Empowers students to create networks of connection and resiliency
  • Increases help-seeking behaviors
  • Promotes positive connections between peer leaders and adults

Follow the HCHD Sources of Strength Program on Facebook and InstagramWatch a video about Sources of Strength in action in Howard County here

It’s OK to Ask” and Sources of Strength campaign materials, information, resources and training are available at, or by contacting Colleen Nester, Health Department Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator at 410-313-0613.

If you, or someone you know is in crisis, contact: Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center 24/7 at
410-531-6677 or text HOME to 741741 (Crisis Text Line)

The Doctor Is In - Episode Six - Vaping and Teen Health 

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The dangers of vaping and e-cigarette use have been in the news almost daily for the past several months. Despite the dangers of vaping, teens are using e-cigarettes more than ever. In this podcast, we discuss the dangers of vaping, especially for teens and young adults, and what programs are available in Howard County to help those who use e-cigarettes quit their habit. being undertaken by the Health Department and partners, to combat the stigma surrounding mental health and how to take action to help those experiencing depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide.  Click HERE to hear the current podcast.

You can hear all of the episodes of The Doctor Is In at: 


Opioid/Heroin Overdose Prevention Training

For more information about substance use/abuse and prevention see our Behavioral Health page.  Opioid Overdose Response (Narcan) Training is now provided on a "drop-in" basis twice a month.  For questions or more information call 410-313-6202 or contact  (You must reside, work or attend school in Howard County to participate.) 


For online naloxone training visit Next Naloxone's website HERE. An Opioid Overdose Response Program Information video is also available for viewing online. To view, click on the following link to Opioid/Heroin Overdose Training.

Suicide Prevention App for Smart Phones

Apple App Store:

Google Play Store:

Rabies Vaccinations for Your Pets 

***Due to COVID-19, Howard County Rabies Clinics are CANCELLED until further notice.*** 
Howard County Health Department and the Howard County Animal Control & Adoption Center hold monthly vaccination clinics to protect your dog, cat or ferret from the rabies virus. 
Two veterinary technicians with a puppy on an exam table

8576 Davis Road
Columbia, MD 21045  

Monthly - 3rd Thursday
12:00pm 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 old to receive a vaccination.

• For a 3-year vaccine, bring a copy of rabies vaccine history from a veterinarian. Otherwise, a 1-year vaccine will be administered.

• A County license for your pet may be obtained at an additional charge ($6.00 for altered, $24.00 for unaltered.) Proof of spay/neuter is required.

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

Food-borne 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 cartoon of a tomato inundated by bacteria hours, leave a message with your call back information and we will return your call first thing the morning of the following day.


HCHD Participation in Your Health Event

*** Due to COVID-19, the Health Department will not be participating in in-person community outreach events.*** 

We are happy to provide resources and information to your organization.  Where possible, virtual presentations may be an option depending on staff availability.  Please see the links below for COVID-19 information and resources.  For additional questions or information, please contact us at