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 or your local Board of Health member. You can also learn more by downloading this Guide To Service on the County Board of Health.

Boards of Health meet at least quarterly and their meetings are open to the public. Dates and times of all Board of Health meetings can be found at the link below.

View All Upcoming Meetings

Board of Health meeting minutes are public record and available for anyone to view. Access to minutes is made available for each of District 4 Public Health’s county boards of health. For detail information about board of health minutes, please contact the respective health department. Disclaimer: for full copies of County Board of Health Minutes, please submit a written open records request to the respective health department.

Resources for County Board of Health Members
Recommended BOH Member Orientation Guide
Region IV Public Health Training Center – Georgia Board of Health Training Information