Puerto Rico Department of Health

The Department of Health of Puerto Rico (Spanish: Departamento de Salud de Puerto Rico) is one of the Cabinet-level agencies directly created by Article 4, Section 6 of the Constitution of Puerto Rico. It is headed by a Secretary of Health, appointed by the Governor of Puerto Rico and requiring the advice and consent of the Senate of Puerto Rico. The Secretary of Health is eighth in the line of gubernatorial succession.[1]

Department of Health of Puerto Rico
Department overview
FormedMarch 14, 1912; 107 years ago (1912-03-14)
Jurisdictionexecutive branch
HeadquartersSan Juan, Puerto Rico
Department executive
Child department
Key documents


Name in English Name in Spanish Abbreviation in Spanish
Administration of Mental Health and Anti-Addiction Services Administración de Servicios de Salud Mental y Contra la Adicción ASSMCA



  1. ^ "Ley del Departamento de Salud" (PDF). Government of Puerto Rico. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 1, 2014. Retrieved December 1, 2014.