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  1. Health Department Urges Residents to Take Precautions After Second Human Case of West Nile Virus

    The Hingham Health Department reports that the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has announced that a second human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in the Greater Boston area. Read on...
  2. Precautionary Measures for Residents to Avoid Tick Bites, Protect Themselves from Tickborne Diseases

    The CDC warns that during the summer months the risk of tick exposure is higher than normal. With that in mind, the Town of Hingham shares the following safety tips and preventative measures for all residents... Read on...
  3. June 22, 2022 COVID-19 Update

    Town Administrator Tom Mayo presented the following report to the Select Board, at their Wednesday, June 22 meeting: Read on...
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What Do We Do?

The Board of Health is a municipal agency dedicated to the promotion and protection of the public health within the community. In order to achieve public health, the Board of Health is involved in many aspects of the community including prevention, planning, and enforcement.


As agents of the Board of Health, the Hingham Health Department provides prevention to the community through Adult Immunization Programs, Food Establishment Inspections, Bathing Beach Water Quality Testing, Communicable Disease Surveillance, and Tobacco Control.


The Board of Health develops procedures from which safeguards are instituted by regulation, to protect the public and environment from potential hazards. Planning and regulation development includes such activities as permitting for Septic System Installations, Private Well Construction Permits, Building Permits, Rabies Investigation, and Local Emergency Planning. We are dedicated to bringing the community the best services available by collaborating with other town agencies.


Code enforcement plays an important public health role. Health Department investigations into Housing Complaints, Food Establishment Inspections, Tanning Salons, Camp Inspections,  Nuisance Complaints, Tobacco Law Enforcement and Hazardous Material matters all make a "public health" difference on the services and products you receive as a consumer.

Contact Us

The Hingham Board of Health deals with many issues beyond what is listed in this brochure. If you have a question or want to know more about us, please give us a call at 781-741-1466, or stop by our office in the Town Hall.

Board Members

  • Peter Bickford, Chairman
  • Elizabeth Eldredge, M.D.
  • Rosemary Byrne, MSN, ANP-BC, ACHRN