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The Franklin County Board of Health was established in October 1919 as a result of the Great Influenza, the most devastating pandemic flu on record. We have operated as a full-service health department in the State of Ohio since that time.

In 2010, the department's name and logo changed to Franklin County Public Health (FCPH) to more accurately reflect all the services performed. Our Board is still known as the Franklin County Board of Health.

Read on to learn more about our structure and how we operate by law.

Franklin County Public Health Governance

Franklin County Public Health is the governing body of the General Health District, which means it has a quasi-judicial authority and is a policy making body that has the authority to adopt rules and regulations that have the status of law. Franklin County Public Health is a political subdivision of the State of Ohio.  The authority of any health department in the State of Ohio is granted by law and is specially detailed in the Ohio Revised Code primarily sections 3701, 3707, and 3709.

A five member Board is appointed by the Franklin County District Advisory Council. The Board appoints a Health Commissioner who oversees the day-to-day operation of the department. FCPH has a staff of approximately 85 people. Click below for detailed information on the structure of the department.

The Board of Health

Health Commissioner

District Advisory Council

Mission & Vision of FCPH


Franklin County Public Health leads our communities in achieving optimal health for all.


Franklin County Public Health improves the health of our communities by preventing disease, promoting healthy living and protecting against public health threats through education, policies, programs and partnerships.

FCPH is Accredited

On March 11, 2016, FCPH officially became a nationally accredited public health agency through the Public Health Accreditation Board. The national accreditation program works to improve and protect the health of the public by advancing and ultimately transforming the quality and performance of public health departments. The accreditation process helps to ensure that the programs and services we provide are as responsive as possible to the needs of our community. With accreditation, FCPH is demonstrating increased accountability and credibility to the public, funders, elected officials and partner organizations with which we work.  To learn more about Public Health Accreditation visit

Annual Report

2016 FCPH Annual Report

Strategic Plan

2015-2018 Strategic Plan

FCPH Organizational Structure

The department is organized into three primary divisions: Administration, Environmental Health and Prevention & Wellness. Approximately, 75 full and part-time employees work in the agency.

FCPH Organizational Chart


As defined by law in Ohio, Franklin County Public Health provides service to all of the townships and villages in Franklin County. In addition, 14 cities in Franklin County contract with our department to serve as their health department and provide comprehensive public health services to their residents.

View the list of cities, townships and villages

Fiscal Services

The Fiscal services of FCPH strives to provide effective and efficient management of agency resources.

Find more details about our Fiscal Services here

Human Resources

The Human Resources Program is primarily responsible for obtaining and retaining the highest qualified employees available to serve the citizens of Franklin County with optimum quality.

Find more details about our Human Resources Program here

Public Records Requests

FCPH adheres to all Ohio Public Records Laws.  If you would like to make a request for public records please complete the Request Form or call (614) 525-4173. Once the form completed, please email it or mail to Franklin County Public Health, Attn: Public Records, 280 East Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215 or fax it to (614) 525-6672.

Notice of Privacy Practice Summary

Franklin County Public Health’s Notice of Privacy Practice Summary in English | Spanish | Somali describes how medical information about you may be used and be disclosed and how you can obtain access to the information. If you have questions please contact Debra Wright, Privacy Officer, at (614) 525-3160.

Partner Agencies

Franklin County Public Health works with many partner agencies to help accomplish our mission and vision. By working together, we share resources and knowledge (expertise) and gain more opportunities to better serve our community.

Partner List

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Columbus Public Health
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)
Ohio Department of Agriculture
Ohio Department of Health
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA)
Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO)
United States Department of Agriculture
United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)