Board of Health

Board Overview

The County Board of Health consists of at least five members, at least one of whom be licensed as a Doctor of Medicine, or as an osteopathic physician in the State of Iowa. They are appointed for three-year terms by the Board of Supervisors. 

Board Functions

The County Board of Health has jurisdiction over public health matters, except in cities having a population of 25,000 or more who have appointed a board of health. 

The Board has the following powers: 

  • Enforce state health laws and rules of the State Department
  • Make and enforce reasonable rules not inconsistent with laws or rule of the State (rules become effective upon approval of the Board of Supervisors)
  • Employ such employees as are necessary for efficient discharge of its duties
  • Provide reports to the State Department of Health