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About Us

Who We Are

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is the state regulatory agency charged with promoting and protecting the state's public health and its land, air, coastal resources and water quality as authorized by federal and state law.

The agency has approximately 3,500 employees serving across the state whose work makes a difference in the lives of South Carolinians every day. The agency provides a wide range of resources and services that support a vision of healthy people living in healthy communities.


To improve the quality of life for all South Carolinians by protecting and promoting the health of the public and the environment.

  • Pursuing Excellence – We are steadfast in our commitment to the highest achievable standards of quality and professionalism in our pursuit of healthy people living in healthy communities.
  • Inspiring Innovation – We encourage and empower our teams to find creative solutions to promote and protect the health of the public and the environment.
  • Promoting Teamwork - We foster an inclusive and collaborative environment, valuing the diversity of thoughts, experience and expertise of every team member, our stakeholders, and our communities. 
  • Embracing Service – We embrace our responsibility to reliably serve our communities, our customers, and each other in a respectful manner, relying upon clear and uncompromised commitments to integrity, trust, dependability, and responsiveness.