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Vaccine & Testing

Our NEW number for all county health departments: 833-337-1749

Locations for Covid-19 Vaccine
Locations for Covid-19 Testing
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Environmental Health

A human’s first line of defense against disease is environmental management.

Environmental Health is responsible for the promotion and enhancement of public health as it relates to the environmental needs of our community. We strive to work with individuals, businesses, and the community through education, regulation, permitting, and when necessary, enforcement to promote a healthy and safe environment for all.

Environmental Health’s Core Functions

  • Prevent epidemics and the spread of disease
  • Protect against environmental hazards
  • Prevent injuries
  • Promote and encourage healthy behaviors
  • Respond to disasters and assist communities in recovery

Please visit each county Environmental Health page for specific county applications and requirements.

Food Service Rules, Documents and Applications 

The Columbus Department of Public Health sponsors a 2-Day ServSafe®  Food Protection Manager Certification Course. Our next two-day class will be Tuesday, July 12th and Wednesday, July 13th, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day.  Please click on the link to access the registration form and information.

July 12 – July 13, 2022 2-Day Training Course Registration Form

The National Restaurant Association allows an examinee to take the ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Exam twice within a 30-day period, if necessary. If three or more attempts are required, the examinee must wait at least 60 days from their last attempt. No more than four attempts are allowed in a 12-month period.

If you need to take a RETEST of the course, please click on link below.

May 19, 2022 RETEST Registration Form

Please contact the Environmental Health Office at the Columbus Department of Public Health at 706-321-6170 if you have questions regarding the ServSafe® Program.

ServSafe®  is a registered trademark of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, and used under license by National Restaurant Association Solutions, LLC.

Free ServSafe® Courses 

*FOOD SERVICE MANAGERS AND OWNERS –  For the most up to date information on Georgia Food Service Rules and Regulations, visit – STATE OF GEORGIA – FOOD SERVICE INFORMATION

Note:  American National Standards Institute (ANSI) food safety certification approved exams can also be found on the ANSI website.

Brochure – Food Service Planning for a Water Interruption.

Additional Resources
Public Swimming Pools 
WCHD Request For Open Records Form 

NOTICE: Fee Proration will be discontinued for Muscogee (Columbus) and Crisp Counties effective January 1, 2022

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