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Director's Office

Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County

Karen A. Chapman, MD, MPH
Director, Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County
 
Dr. Karen Chapman is a board-certified public health physician with 29 years of experience in governmental public health at both the local and state level. She received her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine in 1982 and her Master of Public Health degree in 1987 from the University of South Carolina.

From 1987 to 1999, Dr. Chapman worked for the Georgia Division of Public Health and the Georgia Department of Medical Assistance. She spent five years as a local health director for a six-county coastal region and five years at the state Public Health office as the Director for the Center for Health Information. She is a graduate of the National Public Health Leadership Institute sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Schools of Public Health. Dr. Chapman served with the Georgia Medicaid agency as an epidemiologist for almost two years investigating quality of care and health access issues for Medicaid recipients.

Since 1999, Dr. Chapman has served as the Director of the Florida Department of Health in Okaloosa County. She has served as an Honorary Commander for the 1st Special Operations Medical Group at Hurlburt Field. In addition, she currently serves as the Title X Medical Director for statewide Family Planning Program within the Division of Community Health Promotion.