The Alabama Department of Public Health is the primary state health agency of the government of the U.S. state of Alabama. It provides a number of public health services to Alabama residents. Chronically underfunded for decades, even by a health professional as governor (Bentley), it ranks near the bottom among states.
In 1907, the state established a public health laboratory to ensure the quality of drinking water and milk. In 1910 it created a Hookworm Commission. The commission was mostly funded by the Rockefeller Fund. In 1918, Alabama ranked eleven amongst the twelve Southern states in funding of public health. In 2021, USNews ranks Alabama's public health 45th out of 50 states and DC.
Around 2010, the Bureau of Clinical Laboratories moved to Prattville.
State Board of Health
"The Alabama State Board of Health was constituted by Code of Ala.