Local health administration preceded the organization of a State health department by nearly a century, when, in 1793, Baltimore City established a health office to stop an epidemic of yellow fever.

Today, under direction of the Commissioner of Health, the Baltimore City Department of Health provides public health services and administers and enforces State and local health laws and regulations within Baltimore City. Programs meet the public health needs of the community and provide services not offered by the private sector (City Charter, Art. VII, secs. 54-56).

Appointed by the Mayor with City Council approval, the Commissioner of Health heads the Department.

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