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About DHEC

DHEC’s Principles


We promote and protect the health of the public and the environment.


Healthy people living in healthy communities

Strategic Goals (2005-2010)

  1. Increase support to and involvement by communities in developing healthy and environmentally sound communities
  2. Improve the quality and years of healthy life for all
  3. Eliminate health disparities
  4. Protect, enhance and sustain environmental and coastal resources
  5. Improve organizational capacity and quality


  • Customer Service - We are committed to meeting or exceeding our customers' identified needs and expectations with quality service.
  • Teamwork - We are committed to working together to achieve common goals.
  • Cultural Competence - We are committed to cultural competence by recognizing, respecting, understanding, accepting and valuing different cultures in order to provide effective services to all our customers.
  • Use of Applied Scientific Knowledge for Decision Making - We are committed to the use of rational methods and scientific knowledge to guide our decisions and professional judgment.
  • Local Solutions to Local Problems - We are committed to cooperation and collaboration within our agency and with local resources to develop healthy communities that are active in improving their own health and environment.
  • Excellence in Government - We are committed to building an organization that is quality-focused, customer-driven and fiscally responsible.
  • Our Employees - We are committed to supporting our staff who are our most important resource and critical to the accomplishment of our agency's mission.

DHEC Service Pledge (Spanish)