About Us

Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services

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We serve the city of Columbia and surrounding communities within Boone County, Missouri as a nationally accredited public health department in the state of Missouri through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).

Our Vision

Optimal health, safety, and well-being for all.

Our Mission

Promote and protect the health, safety, and well-being of the community through leadership, partnership, and service. 


What is Public Health?

This video can help explain our role.

What is national accreditation? 

This press release can help explain. 

Public Health Accreditation Board Accredited Health Department Seal

Core Values

  • Customer Service: Providing the best possible service to all customers.
  • Communication: Listening and responding to customers with clear, compassionate, and timely communication.
  • Continuous improvement: Valuing continuous planning, learning, and innovative practices.
  • Integrity: Expecting our employees to be ethical, honest, and responsible.
  • Teamwork: Achieving results through valuing diversity and partnerships within our own organization and the community.
  • Stewardship: Empowering our employees to serve the community to the best of their ability by entrusting us with resources.

About the Department: 

Department Leadership:

Stephanie Browning
, Director
Stephanie Browning became the Columbia/Boone County Director of Public Health on July 1, 1999. During her tenure as Director, she has led the department to become a nationally accredited public health agency providing comprehensive, evidence-based, diverse programs and services aligned with the department’s vision of “optimal health, safety, and well-being for all.” The department’s services available to residents of the City of Columbia and Boone County include Communicable Disease Control and Prevention; Epidemiology and Planning; Clinical Preventive Services; Public Health Nursing; Environmental Health; Animal Control; Human/Social Services; Health Promotion Services; Vital Records; and WIC. 

Ms. Browning previously worked for the Yuma County Health Department in Yuma, Arizona. In 1988, Ms. Browning established the first HIV/AIDS program for the county which included HIV counseling and testing, disease surveillance, disease investigation, contact tracing, community education, and case management. In 1992, she was promoted to the position of deputy director. During her tenure as deputy director, she was responsible for oversight of all department programs, including bi-national efforts for TB Prevention and Control and a Community Health Worker initiative to improve birth outcomes for pregnant women. 

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from the University of Central Arkansas, with graduate studies in Public Health from the University of Arizona, and is a National Public Health Leadership Scholar University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Ms. Browning has been actively involved in Missouri’s public health system, serving on numerous statewide committees working to improve Missouri’s public health system, including statewide planning task forces for pandemic flu and altered standards of care.

She is actively involved with the Missouri Association of Local Public Health Agencies. Her involvement includes serving as board member 2000 – present; vice chair 2004 – 2005; chair 2006 – 2007; past chair 2008 – 2010; Workforce Development and Education Committee chair 2011 – present. 

Scott Clardy, Assistant Director
Scott Clardy has over 33 years of experience in public health.  His career in public health began as a chemist at the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory.  As his career advanced within the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and at Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services, he has been involved in a myriad of public health activities and programs including:  communicable disease control and prevention, sexually transmitted disease control, immunizations, birth and death certificates, public health informatics, environmental public health, conducting assessments of communities living around hazardous waste sites, radiological emergency response, hazardous waste quantitative risk assessments, food safety, childhood lead poisoning prevention, grant and project administration, budget administration, public health nutrition programs, community health promotion programs, and animal control. 

Mr. Clardy has presented on his public health work at both national and international conferences.  Mr. Clardy serves as a site visit team leader for the Public Health Accreditation Board, which is the national public health accrediting body.  Mr. Clardy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Missouri – Columbia.

Ashley Millham, MD., Medical Director


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