Puerto Rico Department of Health

The Puerto Rico Department of Health (PRDOH) 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]

Puerto Rico Department of Health
Department overview
FormedMarch 14, 1912; 109 years ago (1912-03-14)
Jurisdictionexecutive branch
HeadquartersSan Juan, PR
Department executive
Child department
Key documents

In March 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic in Puerto Rico the governor appointed as secretary Lorenzo González Feliciano.[2]


There are seven regions of Puerto Rico as defined by the Department of Health: Arecibo, Bayamón, Caguas, Fajardo, Mayagüez, Metro, and Ponce.


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.
  2. ^ https://caribbeanbusiness.com/puerto-rico-governor-declares-state-of-emergency-to-fight-covid-19-spread/?cn-reloaded=1