Office of the Secretary

Laura Herrera Scott, MD, MPH 
Secretary of Health, Maryland Department of Health since January 18, 2023

​About the Office of the Secretary 

The Office of the Secretary provides central policy direction to the operational units of the Health Department as well as various administrative support services, such as constituent services, human resources, finance, communications, the inspector general, and governmental affairs. 

Any Marylander with a health department related question is encouraged to visit:

​About the Maryland Department of Health

The vision of MDH is lifelong health and wellness for all Marylanders.

We work together to promote and improve the health and safety of all Marylanders through disease prevention, access to care, quality management, and community engagement.

Maryland’s health care delivery system consists of public and private hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, home health care services, hospices, providers, and health educators, among others. As a public health department, our goal is to improve the health status of every Maryland resident and to ensure access to quality health care. We are responsible for helping each person live a life free from the threat of communicable diseases, tainted foods, and dangerous products. To assist in our mission, we regulate health care providers, facilities, and organizations, and manage direct services to patients, where appropriate.

To learn more about Maryland Department of Health, click here.​