Denton County Public Health

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We are here to help our Denton County friends and neighbors on your journey to health and wellness—and we start with helping you find the information you need. We hope this site connects you to the services you’re looking for—whether it’s a doctor, immunizations, information about diseases, or permits for environmental services, we’re here to help. Thanks for visiting!

Matt Richardson, DrPH, MPH
Director, Denton County Public Health

For a summary of existing health trends in Denton County, please see the 2017 Community Health Assessment. This document serves as a foundation of quality health data for partner with stakeholders and residents to lead Denton County to a healthier future.

DCPH has partnered with residents and community members to create the 2018 – 2020 Community Health Improvement Plan. This plan outlines goals and objectives to address areas of health concern and collectively improve the health and well-being of individuals, families and the community 

Provide feedback on our online survey on the 2018 – 2020 Community Health Improvement Plan, or contact DCPH at with any additional feedback or questions.

About Denton County Public Health

We provide preventive public health services by:

  • Assuring disease surveillance and working to prevent the spread of disease
  • Protecting against environmental hazards 
  • Promoting and encouraging healthy behaviors
  • Preparing and responding to disasters and assisting communities in recovery efforts

Public Health investigates and reports communicable diseases such as H1N1, measles, pertussis, hepatitis and over 70 other reportable diseases. DCPH has developed a program called HEART-Health Emergency Alert Response Team. HEART is involved in emergency preparedness and response for major public health threats such as an anthrax attacks as well as responding to natural disasters such as tornadoes, floods or hurricanes that occur on the Texas or Louisiana coast. DCPH also strives to educate the public regarding healthy behaviors in cardiovascular disease prevention, tobacco cessation and prevention, cancer risk reduction, diabetes education, and injury prevention.

In addition to these large-scale concerns, the DCPH provides services to include testing and treatment for persons with preventable communicable diseases such as sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and tuberculosis (TB). Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Services are available to provide nutrition education and food vouchers for those who qualify.

Our highly skilled, educated, and compassionate staff consists of bilingual support personnel, registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, physicians, certified health educators, social workers, nutritionists, and administrators. We partner with many other organizations such as schools districts, city parks and recreation departments, TWU, UNT, and EMS, just to name a few to provide a healthy social and physical environment. Recent DCPH efforts to improve public health have received state and national recognition:

  • 2018 - County Health Rankings, #1 in Texas
  • 2017 - Texas Department of State Health Services, Denton County PHEP, For Outstanding Achievement in Public Health Preparedness
  • 2016 - Texas Association of Counties, 2016 Best Practices Award
  • 2012 - Texas Cardiovascular Health Promotion Award, Outstanding Community Program
  • 2011 - Heart and Stroke Healthy City Recognition Program, Silver Award for the City of Denton
  • 2010 - Texas Cardiovascular Health Promotion Award, Outstanding Community Program
  • 2009 - Texas Cardiovascular Health Promotion Award
  • 2009 - Outstanding Citizen Corp Council Award Serving a Population Under 1.5 Million
  • 2008 - Heart and Stroke Healthy City Recognition Program, Honorable Mention for the City of Denton

We will strive to continue to provide the best preventive and clinical services for our Denton County residents. Please feel free to contact me with your public health inquiries. Thank you for allowing us to serve you.