Polk County Health Department

Find Polk County Florida health departments, DOH, and health and human services. Health departments provide information on health insurance, affordable health care, public health, human services, women's healthcare, children and family health services and issues.

Bartow Health Department 1255 Brice Boulevard Bartow FL 33830 863-519-8233

Florida State Health Department 1700 Baker Avenue Haines FL 33844 863-419-3252

Lakeland Health Department 1291 Ariana Street Lakeland FL 33803 863-284-3075

Polk County Health Department 225 Avenue D Northwest Winter Haven FL 33881 863-291-5204

Polk County Health Department 3241 Lakeland Hills Boulevard Lakeland FL 33805 863-413-2620

Polk County Health Department 111 North 11th Street Haines FL 33844 863-421-3204

Polk County Health Department 1805 Hobbs Road Auburndale FL 33823 863-965-6333

Polk County Health Department 2020 East Georgia Street Bartow FL 33830 863-519-7916

Winter Haven Health Department 3425 Lake Alfred Road Winter Haven FL 33881 863-298-4566

About Polk County Health Departments

Polk County Health Departments are responsible for monitoring public health risks, coordinating responses to public health risks, and setting and enforcing public health standards in Polk County, FL. Departments of Public Health (DPH) are particularly active in preventing the spread of disease, ensuring a clean water supply, and promoting a healthy environment and healthy behaviors among the public. Health Depts are also a key source of Polk County records.

You may contact the Health Department for questions about:
  • Polk County public health records
  • Vital records searches including birth and death certificates
  • Requesting copies of marriage certificates
  • Polk County restaurant inspection grades
  • Verifying professional licenses
Find Polk County Vital Records

Polk County Health Departments provide a wide variety of public records upon request. These records include birth records for individuals born in Polk County and death records for individuals who have died in Polk County. The Department of Public Health may also provide copies of Florida marriage certificates registered in the County.

Enforcing Health Codes

At the state level, FL Public Health Departments set standards and reporting requirements, establish the health code, monitor reportable diseases, develop Florida statewide plans for responding to public health emergencies, and coordinate with Polk County Health Departments to protect the health of the public. At the Polk County and local level, Health Depts are responsible for enforcing health codes and regulations, tracking reportable diseases, reporting disease information to Florida Health Services, carrying out inspections, and issuing licenses for regulated activities.

Polk County Restaurant Inspections

Health Departments play a role in food safety by inspecting Polk County restaurants and food service establishments and issuing licenses that allow them to operate. Food service businesses are subject to strict health regulation in Polk County. Inspections are conducted on a periodic basis depending on the type of establishment. Inspections may also be triggered by complaints.

Drinking Water Testing

Health Departments in Polk County, FL inspect and test wells and septic systems for contaminants such as bacteria, non-organic chemicals, naturally occurring radioactivity, and naturally occurring compounds. Wells and septic systems must receive a permit from the Polk County Health Department before going into operation.

Disease Surveillance

Health Departments track numerous infectious diseases in order to prevent and contain breakouts with immunization clinics. Florida State, Polk County, and local Health Departments establish systems with health care providers, schools, and other institutions to rapidly identify and communicate instances of reportable infectious diseases.

Polk County Public Health

Health Departments also educate the public regarding a wide range of Polk County health concerns, including food borne illnesses, mosquito borne illnesses, immunization, and healthy behaviors. Many Departments of Health Services offer clinical services, such as flu shot clinics, blood pressure screenings, and health consultations.