What we do

Animal Services

The mission of the Office of Animal Control is to enforce city and state codes, rules, and regulations and to investigate animal neglect and cruelty cases for the purpose of protecting the health and safety of Baltimore’s human and animal residents.

Chronic Disease Prevention

Questions about various health conditions?  Click through our list here.

Emergency Preparedness & Response

The Baltimore City Health Department Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR) is committed to preparing Baltimore City for public health emergencies such as large-scale disease outbreaks, bioterror events and other emergencies with an impact on the health of the community.

Environmental Health

The Bureau of Environmental Health is comprised of two programs: Environmental Inspection Services and Animal Services.  The Bureau uses regulatory and educational tools to minimize environmental health hazards and to ensure that the health standards set forth in city statutes, regulations and ordinances are met. Environmental Inspection Services performs inspections of retail food establishments, school cafeterias, swimming pools and other facilities and conducts investigations into environmental complaints. 

Health Clinics & Services

The Baltimore City Health Department offers and oversees services for: sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, family planning, maternal and infant health, immunizations, asthma, senior care, cancer screening, and lead poisoning prevention services, among others.


Where we live, work and play are significant factors that impact our health.  The Baltimore City Health Department is committed to working with communities, health care professionals, and other organizations and stakeholders to improve Baltimore’s neighborhoods through a Health in All Policies approach.

HIV/STD Services

The HIV/STD program strives to be as exhaustive, flexible, and comprehensive as possible in its efforts to intervene in the spread of sexually transmitted infection.


Maternal and Child Health

The Bureau of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) supports the health and wellbeing of pregnant women, children, and their caregivers in Baltimore City.


The Baltimore City Health Department Division of Aging and Care Services offers a variety of services and initiatives to improve the lives of seniors in Baltimore, including health evaluation, personal care, transportation and volunteer opportunities.

Substance Use and Misuse

Links have been provided on this page to resources and data related to substance abuse, addiction-related harm reduction, drug treatment, and other associated issues.

Violence Prevention

To combat the epidemic of violence among Baltimore’s youth and support traditional public safety strategies using a combination of public health and human service models to reduce violence.