Celebrating DHEC's Past, Present, and Future


Old photograph from around the 1970s-80s of the front of the 2600 Bull Street DHEC building

As DHEC celebrates 50 years of service to the State of South Carolina and its people, we reflect on the history of the agency and the history of public health and environmental health services in our state. July 1, 2023, marks DHEC’s 50th anniversary, but our story stretches back more than a century. Our staff has compiled a thorough lookback highlighting people, places, and stories from South Carolina’s past. While reflecting on our past we are also preparing for the future as July 1, 2024, DHEC will be transitioning to two new cabinet agencies — the South Carolina Department of Environmental Services and the South Carolina Department of Public Health.