Oklahoma State Department of Health

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Oklahoma State Department of Health
Oklahoma State Health Department logo.jpg
Agency overview
Formed November 17, 1907
Preceding agency
  • Territorial Board of Health
Headquarters 120 N Robinson
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Employees 2,368 (FY11)
Annual budget $373 million (FY11)
Minister responsible
Agency executive
Parent agency Oklahoma State Board of Health
Website ok.gov/health

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is a department of the government of Oklahoma under the supervision of the Oklahoma Secretary of Health. The department is responsible for protecting the health of all Oklahomans and providing other essential human services. The OSDH serves as the primary public health protection agency in the state.

The department is led by a State Board of Health, composed of nine members appointed by the governor of Oklahoma with the approval of the Oklahoma Senate. The board in turn appoints the State Commissioner of Health, who serves as the executive officer of the department and is the lead public health authority in the state.

The 20th, and current, Commissioner of Health is Dr. Terry Cline, Ph.D., who was appointed by the board on June 30, 2009. Governor Mary Fallin appointed Cline to served as the Oklahoma Secretary of Health and Human Services in 2011 in addition to his duties as Health Commissioner.

The Department was created in 1963 during the term of Governor Henry Bellmon.


The Department is led by the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Commissioner of Health. Under Governor of Oklahoma Mary Fallin, Dr. Terry Cline is both the Cabinet Secretary and the Commissioner.

State Board of Health[edit]

The State Board of Health is the governing body of the Health Department. The Board is composed of nine members appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma with the approval of the Oklahoma Senate. Each Board member serves a nine-year term. Eight of the nine members represent specific county regions of the state and one member is appointed to represent the state at large.

As of 2010, the Board is composed of the following members:

Name Region Board position
Jenny Alexopulos, D.O Ottawa, Delaware, Craig, Mayes, Nowata, Rogers, Washington, Tulsa, Pawnee, and Osage counties President
R. Murali Krishna, MD Logan, Oklahoma, Cleveland, McClain, Garvin, Murray and Payne counties Vice President
Cris Hart-Wolfe Ellis, Dewey, Custer, Roger Mills, Beckham, Washita, Kiowa, Greer, Jackson, Harmon, and Tillman counties Secretary-Treasurer
Michael D. Anderson, PhD State at-large
Alfred Baldwin Jr Cimarron, Texas, Beaver, Harper, Woodward, Woods, Major, Alfalfa, Grant, Garfield, Kay and Noble counties
Richard G. Davis, DDS Pottawatomie, Creek, Lincoln, Okfuskee, Seminole, Pontotoc, Hughes, Johnson, and Coal counties
Kenneth Miller, MD LeFlore, Latimer, Pittsburg, Atoka, Pushmataha, McCurtain, Choctaw, Bryan, Marshall, Carter, and Love counties
Barry L. Smith, J.D. Adair, Sequoyah, Cherokee, Wagoner, Muskogee, Haskell, McIntosh, and Okmulgee counties
Ronald Woodson, M.D. Blaine, Kingfisher, Canadian, Caddo, Grady, Comanche, Jefferson, Stephens, and Cotton counties


As of April 2013, the organization of the Department is as follows:[1]

  • Oklahoma Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • State Board of Health
    • Commissioner
      • Chief Operating Officer - provides central administrative service to support the Department, such a personnel management, budgeting, purchasing, and building management
        • Center for the Advancement of Wellness
        • Center for Health Statistics
        • Health Planning and Grants
        • Community Development Services
        • Communications
        • Performance Management
        • Business Services
          • Financial Management
          • Building Management and Internal Services
          • Information Technology
          • Human Resources
      • Deputy Commissioner - Protective Health Services Division - provide regulatory oversight of the state's health care delivery service through a system of inspection, licensure and certification as well as several other trades and professions
        • Consumer Health
        • Health Resources Development
        • Long Term Care
        • Medical Facilities
        • Quality Improvement and Evaluation
      • Deputy Commissioner - Community and Family Health Services Division - directs the service delivery system of the 68 county health departments, provides guidance and consulation to the two independent city-county health departments in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and protects and promotes the health of Oklahoma's women, children and families
        • County Health Departments
        • Child Guidance
        • Dental Health
        • Maternal and Child Health
        • Record Evaluation and Support
        • Family Support and Prevention
        • Nursing
        • SoonerStart
        • WIC Services
      • Deputy Commissioner - Prevention and Preparedness Services Division - monitors the distribution of, and provides services related to, the control of infectious diseases, chronic diseases, cancer and injuries
        • Acute Disease
        • Emergency Preparedness
        • Immunization
        • Public Health Laboratory
        • Chronic Disease
        • HIV/STD Services
        • Injury Prevention
        • Screening and Special Services
        • State Epidemiologist
      • Office of the General Counsel
      • Office of Administrative Hearings
      • Office of the Civil Right Administrator
    • Internal Audit Unit
    • Office of Accountability Systems

Management and Finance[edit]


The Health Department, with an annual budget of well over $300 million, is one of the largest employers of the State. For fiscal year 2014, the Department was authorized 2,148 full-time employees.[2]

Division Number of Employees
Public Health Infrastructure 163
Protective Health Services 270
Prevention and Preparedness 211
Health Improvement Services 130
Community and Family Health 1374
Total 2,148


The divisions of the Department operation with the following operating budgets for Fiscal Year 2014:

Program Funding (in millions)
Public Health Infrastructure $47.8
Protective Health Services $63.3
Prevention and Preparedness $52.3
Health Improvement Services $18.1
Community and Family Health $200.7
Total $382.2

Supporting Agencies[edit]

  • Alarm Industry Committee
  • State Barber Advisory Board
  • Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment Advisory Committee
  • Office of Child Abuse Prevention
  • Interagency Child Abuse Prevention Task Force
  • Child Abuse Training & Coordination Council
  • Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Advisory Council
  • Licensed Professional Counselors Advisory Board
  • Dental Health Service
  • Driver’s License Medical Advisory Committee
  • Emergency Response Systems Development Advisory Council
  • Health Care Information Advisory Committee
  • Hearing Aid Advisory Council
  • Home Health Advisory Board
  • Hospice Advisory Council
  • Long-Term Care Facility Advisory Board
  • Licensed Marital & Family Therapists Advisory Board
  • Medical Audit Committee
  • Organ Donor Education & Awareness Program Advisory Council
  • Interagency Council on Osteoporosis
  • Radiation Advisory Committee
  • Residents and Family State Council
  • Sanitarian & Environmental Specialist Registration Advisory Council
  • Vision Screening Standards Advisory Committee


  1. ^ Oklahoma State Department of Health Organizational Chart, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Created 22-04-2013, Retrieved 19-09-2013
  2. ^ FY 2014 State Budget, Oklahoma Office of State Finance

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