Suffolk County Health Department

Find Suffolk County Massachusetts 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.


Boston Health Department 305 South Street Boston MA 02130 617-983-6200


Chelsea City Health Department 500 Broadway Chelsea MA 02150 617-889-8263

Massachusetts Health Department 20 Vining Street Boston MA 02115 617-626-9200

Revere Health Department 249 Broadway Revere MA 02151 781-286-8176

Winthrop Health Department 1 Metcalf Square Winthrop Town MA 02152 617-846-1740

About Suffolk County Health Departments

Suffolk County Health Departments are responsible for monitoring public health risks, coordinating responses to public health risks, and setting and enforcing public health standards in Suffolk County, MA. 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 Suffolk County records.

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

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

Enforcing Health Codes

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

Suffolk County Restaurant Inspections

Health Departments play a role in food safety by inspecting Suffolk County restaurants and food service establishments and issuing licenses that allow them to operate. Food service businesses are subject to strict health regulation in Suffolk 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 Suffolk County, MA 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 Suffolk 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. Massachusetts State, Suffolk 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.

Suffolk County Public Health

Health Departments also educate the public regarding a wide range of Suffolk 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.