Richland County Health Department

Find Richland County South Carolina 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.


Columbia Health Department 2200 Harden Street Columbia SC 29203 803-737-5301


Richland County Health Department 200 East Hampton Way Columbia SC 29229 803-576-2739

South Carolina Health Department # 314, 2414 Bull St Columbia SC 29201 803-898-8581

About Richland County Health Departments

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

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

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

Enforcing Health Codes

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

Richland County Restaurant Inspections

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

Richland County Public Health

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