State and Local Administration and Enforcement of Public Health Laws

ORS 431.045
Public Health Officer

  • appointment
  • qualifications
  • duties
  • rules


The Director of the Oregon Health Authority shall appoint a Public Health Officer who shall be responsible for the medical and paramedical aspects of the health programs within the Oregon Health Authority. The Public Health Officer must be a physician licensed under ORS chapter 677 who:


Is certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine or the board of a primary care clinical specialty such as internal medicine, family medicine or pediatrics; and


Has at least two years of experience working for a local, state or federal public health authority.


The Public Health Officer:


Is responsible for the duties imposed by 42 U.S.C. 300ff-133(g) and 300ff-136;


May appoint a local health officer for a county that has transferred the responsibility of the local public health authority in the county to the Oregon Health Authority under ORS 431.382 (Transfer of local public health authority’s responsibility); and


May adopt rules to carry out the officer’s responsibilities under this subsection. [1971 c.650 §2; 1973 c.358 §5; 1977 c.267 §18; 1987 c.618 §1; 2001 c.900 §143; 2007 c.71 §119; 2009 c.595 §533; 2013 c.61 §1; 2015 c.318 §7; 2019 c.321 §2]


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Jun. 26, 2021