Oklahoma State Department of Health

Oklahoma State Department of Health
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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 Terry Cline, Ph.D., Secretary of Health and Human Services
Agency executive Terry Cline, Ph.D., Commissioner of Health
Parent agency Oklahoma State Board of 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. 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

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


Prior to the appointment of Terry Cline as the State Health Commissioner in 2009, the State Health Department was divided into five service branches: Administrative Services, Community Health Services, Family Health Services, Disease & Prevention Services and Protective Health Services. Since taking over the Department, Commissioner Cline has streamlined the organization into four divisions: Administrative Services, Protective Health Services, Community & Family Health Services, and Prevention & Prepardeness Services.

The Department provide technical support and guidance to the 68 county health departments as well as guidance and consultation to the two independent city-county health departments in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

  • Office of the Commissioner - led by the Commissioner of Health, immediate staff of the Commissioner and provides policy direction for Department and support to State Board of Health
    • Office of the General Counsel
    • Office of State and Federal Health Policy
    • Office of Communications
    • Office of Administrative Hearings
    • Office of Performance Management
    • Office of Accountability Systems
    • Internal Audit Unit
    • Center for Health Services
  • Administrative Services - led by a Chief Operating Officer, provides central administrative service to support the Department, such a personnel management, budgeting, purchasing, and building management
    • Accounting Services
    • Budget and Funding
    • Building Management and Internal Services
    • Procurement
    • Federal Funds Development
    • Information Technology
    • Office of Human Resources
  • Community and Family Health Services - led by a Deputy Commissioner, coordinating the county-level service delivery system of county health departments as well as protecting and promoting the health of Oklahoma's women, children and families
    • County Health Department Administrators
    • Nursing Service
    • Community Development Service
    • Record Evaluation and Support
    • Family Support & Prevention Service
    • Child Guidance Service
    • Dental Health Service
    • Maternal and Child Health Service
    • Screening, Special Services and SoonerStart
    • WIC Service
  • Prevention and Preparedness Services - led by a Deputy Commissioner, monitors the distribution of, and provides services related to the control of infectious diseases, chronic diseases, cancer and injuries
    • Acute Disease Service
    • Chronic Disease Service
    • HIV/STD Service
    • Immunization Service
    • Injury Prevention Service
    • Emergency Preparedness and Response Service
    • Tobacco Use Prevention Service
    • Public Health Laboratory Service
  • Protective Health Services - led by a Deputy Commissioner, 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
    • Long Term Care Service
    • Health Resources Development Service
    • Medical Facilities Service
    • Consumer Health Service
    • Quality Improvement and Evaluation Service

Management and Finance


The Health Department, with an annual budget of well over $300 million, is one of the largest employers of the State. For fiscal year 2011, the Department was authorized 2,368 full time employees.[1]

Division Number of Employees
Support Services 333
Disease and Prevention Services 237
Family Health Services 238
Community Health Services 1288
Protective Health Services 272
Total 2,368


The divisions of the Department operation with the following operating budgets for Fiscal Year 2010:[2]

Program Funding (in millions)
Support Services $42
Diease and Prevention Services $70
Family Health $134
Community Health Services $102
Protective Health Services $55
Total $405

Supporting Agencies

  • 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. ^ FY 2011 State Budget, Oklahoma Office of State Finance
  2. ^ FY10 Department of Health Appropriations Bill, Oklahoma Legislature

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