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 public health and safety in Texas.

Target Audience

The target audience is health authorities appointed in Texas and other interested health-care and public health professionals, including Texas Health Steps providers. This training provides information that is particularly significant to newly appointed 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 11/13/2023.

This module was released on 11/13/2020.

Accreditation Statement


Browser Requirements

General Guidance for Health Authorities in Texas

Foodborne Illness 

Health Emergencies 

Infectious Diseases 


  • Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Sanitarians website. Sign up for emails and search the list of registered sanitarians.

Texas Laws

Texas Public Health Regions

Vital Statistics


Other Sources of Information 


  • CDC: 800-232-4636 (800-CDC-INFO)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): 301-496-4000
    Public Health Service Commissioned Corps: 800-279-1605


  • 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).