Public Health Department

Message from the Department

The Wayne County Department of Public Health (WCDPH) along with MDCH would like to remind residents and healthcare providers in Wayne County of the following educational and disease prevention resources:

For residents of Wayne County that were affected by the flooding that occurred on August 11, 2014, FEMA will begin local meetings for flood assistance.  Click here for more information.


The purpose of the Public Health Department is to provide environmental health, nutritional health, community health, emergency preparedness, women and children's health and communicable disease prevention and control services to all Wayne County residents, businesses and visitors so that they can enjoy good health and be safe during emergencies. The Public Health Department is subdivided into two groups: Public Health and Environmental Health.

Programs & Services



Environmental Health Programs

Maternal & Child Health Programs

Epidemiology & Disease Control

Emergency Preparedness

Public Health Accreditation & Quality Improvement


Immunization Waivers

To obtain an immunization waiver for your child's school, please contact the Wayne County Department of Public Health @ (734) 727-7078 to schedule and appointment

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, Formerly known as Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week, the week before Memorial Day has been designated National Healthy and Safe Swimming Week. Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2015 will take place May 18-24, 2015, marking the 11th anniversary of this observance.

Each year, Healthy and Safe Swimming Week focuses on simple steps swimmers and pool operators can take to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone. The theme for Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2015 is Make a Healthy Splash: Share the Fun, not the Germs.

Wayne County wants you to have fun in this weather, but most of all to be safe. It only takes a couple of steps to keep you and those close to you protected from RWIi's.

Have a safe, fun and healthy pool season!


Healthy and Safe Swimming Week Website.


Healthy Swimming week Mobile App page.



Video: Overview of the Wayne County Department of Public Health


Thomas Kochis
Director of Health & Human Services

Department of Public Health

Mouhanad Hammami, MD
County Health Officer

Department of Public Health

Carol Austerberry, RS, MS, MPA
(Acting) Deputy Health Officer

Department of Public Health

Ruta Sharangpani, MD; MPH
Medical Director