For over a century, responsibility for Georgia’s public health functions has been shared by state and local governments. The principal actors are the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH), the 159 County Boards of Health, and the eighteen District Health Directors. DPH and the County Boards of Health and the District Health Directors are best thought of as a partnership – not a partnership in the legal sense, but in the ordinary sense of people working together to accomplish a common goal. DPH has responsibility for framing and implementing a statewide public health policy, operating statewide programs such as the State Health Laboratories and disease surveillance, and establishing standards for numerous matters from reportable diseases to restaurant inspections.

The County Boards of Health have responsibility for assessing local needs, advocating for county public health programs, approving and presenting the health budget to the county commission, and providing policy guidance to the District Health Director. For more information regarding your local Board of Health, contact your local county health department. You can also find meeting dates posted on the county website. You can also learn more by downloading this Guide To Service on the County Board of Health.

All Board of Health meetings are open to the public. We invite and encourage the public and community partners to attend.

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