Health Department

Duties of the Board of Health


The Board of Health administers and co-ordinates public Health Programs and services, enforces state and local public health regulations and sanitary codes including local regulations promulgated by the Wareham Board of Health.

Our responsibilities include subsurface sewage disposal plan review, installation and construction inspections, food establishment inspections and complaints, Chapter II housing inspections and complaints, motel and swimming pool inspections, beach water quality testing at all public and semi public beaches.  We issue all construction works permits, food handlers cards and license body art establishments and body artists.

The Board of Health supervises the visiting nurses coordinates Health Clinics, Immunization Programs, Communicable Disease reporting and follow up, Blood Pressure Screenings, and works together with the Council on Aging providing services to the citizens of Wareham.

Mission Statement


The Wareham Board of Health is dedicated to the prevention of disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through organized community efforts and the promulgation and enforcement of local and state regulations. Our mission and purpose is to promote and protect public health by providing disease awareness and prevention, instituting programs and providing services to improve the general health, physical, mental, and the social well-being of the citizens in the Town of Wareham.

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Staff Contacts

Name Title
Robert M. Ethier Director of Public Health
Patrick MacDonald Health Inspector
John Viveiros Code Enforcement Officer
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