Office of Health Protection

LOCATION: 525 W. Jefferson St., 2nd Floor, Springfield, IL 62761-0001
DEPUTY DIRECTOR: David W. Culp, Ph.D., 217-782-3984; fax 217-524-0802;
email: David.Culp@illinois.gov

The Office of Health Protection administers programs to prevent and control infectious and communicable diseases, to reduce and eliminate exposure to environmental hazards and to ensure a safe, wholesome and nutritious food supply. Among the major responsibilities are efforts to reduce the spread of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) through education, surveillance, partner notification, counseling and testing; to immunize children against vaccine-preventable diseases, such as measles, mumps and pertussis; to reduce the incidence of disease and injury related to environmental factors; to prevent contamination of food and drugs; to prevent and control outbreaks of illnesses, such as salmonellosis, E. coli 0157:H7, meningococcal disease and hepatitis; and to provide clinical and environmental laboratory testing services to support the broad spectrum of IDPH programs. Other areas of responsibility are --

  • asbestos -- school inspection, abatement and control; licensing of inspectors, abatement contractors and workers
  • bathing beaches, swimming pools, campgrounds, migrant labor camps, mobile home parks, and youth camps -- construction permits, licensure and inspection
  • food safety and restaurant inspections
  • generic drugs -- providing information to prescribers and pharmacists on more than 4,200 equivalent generic drugs
  • insect and animal nuisances, such as bats, rodents, birds, fleas, flies, mosquitoes and ticks, which can transmit diseases to humans
  • lead inspectors, contractors and workers licensure and lead paint abatement
  • manufactured housing inspection
  • milk processing plants and dairy farms inspections
  • plumber licensure and inspection of new, remodeled and existing plumbing systems
  • rabies control
  • sexually transmitted diseases control
  • structural pest control companies licensure and pesticide worker certification
  • tanning facilities licensure and inspection
  • tuberculosis prevention, control, investigation and treatment
  • water well construction and private sewage disposal systems, such as septic tanks, permits and inspection; and licensure of installers

Communicable Disease Section

Division of Environmental Health

Division of Food, Drugs and Dairies

Division of Infectious Diseases

Division of Laboratories

HIV/AIDS Section

Immunization Section

Plumbing Program

Sexually Transmitted Diseases Section

State Epidemiologist

Tuberculosis Section



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Illinois Department of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
Phone 217-782-4977
Fax 217-782-3987
TTY 800-547-0466
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