Oklahoma State Department of Health
Terry Cline, Ph.D.
1000 N.E. 10th
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
- The functions of the Oklahoma State Department of Health follow the traditional role of public health to include health promotion, health education, early disease detection and surveillance, injury prevention and consumer protection.
- At its offices in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma State Department of Health provides direct centralized services to Oklahoma's citizens as well as clinical coordination of services, technical guidance and fiscal support to the 68 organized county health departments in its local county health department network.
- The range of services provided to Oklahomans through the Oklahoma State Department of Health include adolescent health, child abuse prevention, child guidance services, chronic disease prevention and intervention, communicable disease investigation and prevention, dental health, family planning services, immunizations, injury prevention, maternal and infant health, minority health, nutrition, sexually transmitted disease control, and WIC nutrition program for women, infants and children.
- The Oklahoma State Department of Health conducts rigorous licensure and inspection processes that result in the issuance of more than 144,000 assorted business and occupational licenses annually, ranging from grocery stores, restaurants, hotels, and tattoo artists to ambulance services, hospitals, surgery centers, and nursing homes.
- The agency is governed by the State Board of Health, which has nine members appointed by the Governor with Senate confirmation.
Public health programs conducted by the agency are funded by transfers of federal funds to state programs, state funds appropriated by the Oklahoma Legislature, local millage, and fees collected for service.