CE Credit

Health Authorities in Texas

Welcome to the training on Health Authorities in Texas provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Credit hours: 1.00 CE


The goal of this module is to equip appointed health authorities in Texas to fulfill their legal roles and responsibilities to ensure that public health emergencies and other health issues are addressed in a proper and timely manner. The module also educates other health professionals about the legal roles and responsibilities of health authorities and how they contribute to health and safety in the state.

Target Audience

Health authorities appointed in Texas and other interested health-care professionals, including Texas Health Steps providers. This training provides information that is particularly significant to newly appointed and incumbent health authorities and others who want to know more about that position.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Specify the requirements to serve as a health authority and the legal duties of the office.
  2. Interpret a health authority’s responsibility to balance public health and private concerns.
  3. Summarize the first action steps a newly appointed health authority should take.

Please note this module expires on 11/22/2020.

This module was released on 11/22/2017.

Accreditation Statement


Browser Requirements

Foodborne Illness

Health Emergencies

Infectious Diseases

Oath of Office and Certificate of Appointment

Texas Laws

Texas Public Health Regions


Texas Department of State Health Services Zoonosis Control Program and the regional veterinarian program.

Other Sources of Information

  • Federal:
    CDC: 800-232-4636 (800-CDC-INFO)
    National Institutes of Health (NIH): 301-496-4000
    Public Health Service Commissioned Corps: 800-279-1605
  • State:
    DSHS: 888-963-7111
    DSHS Office of General Counsel: 512-776-7236
    Texas Governor’s Office: 800-843-5789

The medical definition provided in this module was adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).