Public Health Department


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


Message from the Department

Summer is here and that means tick and mosquito season is underway. The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) recently issued a press release advising the public how to protect themselves from mosquitoes and ticks. 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:

Emerging Disease Issues: This site is a great resource for updated surveillance information for West Nile Virus (WNV) and other medically important arboviruses in the state. Found in mosquitoes, animals, and people, WNV is detected every year in Michigan. Tick Safety: This document will help you practice tick safety. The follow facts and statistics regarding Lyme disease were provided by MDCH:

  • Lyme disease is the most commonly occurring tick-borne disease in Michigan.
  • It is considered to be an emerging disease, as the blacklegged tick that transmits Lyme disease is spreading within the state.
  • In 2013, Michigan experienced a nearly 60% increase in cases of acute Lyme disease, with 165 cases reported, up from 98 in 2012.
  • Human case detection remains an important component of surveillance for Lyme disease in Michigan.

Attention healthcare providers, MDCH and WCDPH would like to remind you of the following:

  • It is important to report suspected cases of Lyme disease to local public health, particularly when diagnosis is made based on clinical presentation.
  • In the early stages of infection, laboratory testing may be negative. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently published concerns regarding a culture-based diagnostic test for Lyme disease that may be providing false positive results. This memo from MDCH contains the details regarding this test.
  • MDCH has developed guidance for Lyme disease case classification that disease investigators can use to identify Lyme disease cases.
  • The MDCH Bureau of Laboratories website can help provide comprehensive human diagnostic testing for arboviruses and Lyme disease in Michigan, at no cost beyond specimen shipping.
Thomas Kochis
Director of Health & Human Services
Thomas Kochis

Department of Public Health

Mouhanad Hammami, MD
County Health Officer

Department of Public Health

Veerinder Taneja, MBBS; MPH
Deputy Health Officer

Department of Public Health

Ruta Sharangpani, MD; MPH
Medical Director