About Us

Who is Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health?


Supporting healthy communities through prevention, promotion, and protection.


A safer and healthier tomorrow.

Value Statement

  • Collaboration
  • Innovation
  • Adaptability
  • Social Responsiblity
  • Financial Stewardship


Read our 2019-2021 Strategic Plan.


Information About Us

The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health is located in Mason City, Iowa, in North Central Iowa. We are approximately two hours south of Minneapolis/St. Paul and two hours north of Des Moines, the Iowa state capitol. Mason City’s population is about 29,000. Cerro Gordo County’s population is about 46,400. The majority of our coverage area is considered rural.

You can find our office at 22 N. Georgia Avenue in Mason City. We are located on the third floor of Mohawk Square, a large brick building that once served as the Mason City High School. Mohawk Square is located across the street from the Mason City Police Department in downtown Mason City.

Trying to find Public Health? Use this map of downtown Mason City.


History about Cerro Gordo County

The Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health, created in 1990, is governed by a five member board. Board of Health members are appointed by the Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors. The health department is organized into five service sections, which provide a variety of essential services to the community. The Department has an overall budget of $5.27 million, of which 33 percent is local tax dollars. We have a staff of 48 people who provide more than 50 various programs to county residents.


Service Sections within the Cerro Gordo County Department of Public Health

  • Acute Infectious Disease, Epidemiology, and Preparedness
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Environmental Health
  • Family and Community Health
  • Organizational Development and Research