Health Department

Fee Schedule Effective January 1, 2015
Non-Resident Vaccination Surcharge Fee, effective March 1, 2015

To contact us during Business Hours
M-F 8:00am – 4:30pm call (574) 235-9750

After Hours Public Health emergency call digital Pager (574) 283-4925

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests cannot be submitted to this e-mail address. You must contact our office to determine which divisional Director these requests need to be submitted.


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Our Mission
To promote physical and mental health and facilitate the prevention of disease, injury and disability for all St. Joseph County residents.

Our Vision
Healthy people in a healthy St. Joseph County.

Our Profile
In 1962, the Health Departments of South Bend, Mishawaka, and St. Joseph County merged to form one Health Department under the title “St. Joseph County Health Department”. During those early years, the department consisted of 1 part-time health officer, 10 to 15 nurses, and 3 to 5 public health specialists.

Today the department consists of approximately 50 employees.

Health Officer:
Thomas A. Felger, M.D. serves as the county Health Officer since August, 2010. He received his undergraduate and medical school training at Indiana University. He is a Family Physician who practiced in Fort Wayne, Indiana for 29 years and taught residents for 7 years at the St. Joseph Family Medicine Residency in South Bend. Dr. Felger currently serves as a Director of the American Academy of Family Physicians and is a Trustee of the Studebaker National Museum.

Nick Molchan graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame. He started as an environmentalist at Marshall County Health Department in 1986 and became a Registered Environmental Health Specialist in 1988. Mr. Molchan took over as Marshall County Health Department Administrator / Chief Environmentalist in 1990. He graduated in December, 1991 with a Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University, South Bend. He has been a member of the Indiana Environmental Health Association since 1987. Mr. Molchan is licensed by the Indiana State Chemists Office as a Pesticide Applicator (category 7a and 8) and Certified by the National Swimming Pool Foundation as a Certified Pool / Spa Operator. Mr. Molchan has been the Administrator of the St. Joseph County Health Department since the position was established in December of 2004.


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