Section Overviews

Healthy & Safe Communities

The purpose of the Healthy & Safe Communities (HSC) Section is to support individuals, families and communities by providing quality programs that protect and enhance the health and safety of all North Dakotans.

This section includes the following divisions: 

To accomplish our mission, HSC staff:

• Advocate for healthy behaviors.
• Provide education, resources and services.
• Facilitate systems change and implementation of effective policies.
• Engage in statewide partnerships.

Section Chief: Kim Mertz
Phone: 701-328-2367

Emergency Preparedness & Response

The Emergency Preparedness & Response Section is responsible for the planning and coordination of the public health and medical response to daily emergencies as well as large-scale disasters.

The section consists of the following divisions:

  • Emergency Medical Systems
  • Hospital Preparedness & Response 
  • Public Health Preparedness & Response

Section Chief: Tim Wiedrich
Phone: 701-328-2270

Health Resources

The section promotes quality care and services for the people of North Dakota by:

  • Licensing and inspecting:
    • restaurants, bars, retail food stores, meat markets, bakeries, childcare/pre-school kitchens, school kitchens (K-12), food processing plants, mobile home parks, trailer parks, campgrounds, lodging facilities, bed-and-breakfast facilities and assisted living facilities (food services and fire/life safety standards).
    • tanning and body art establishments and electrologists.
    • inpatient and outpatient health care facilities, basic care facilities, home health agencies and hospice programs.
  • Conducting certification surveys of all facilities and programs that provide service to people eligible for the federal Medicare and Medicaid programs.
  • Administering the nurse aide training and competency evaluation programs and registry.
  • Reviewing and approving facility construction plans and conducting on-side inspections of new construction and remodeling in licensed healthcare facilities.

The section consists of the following divisions: 

  • Food & Lodging
  • Health Facilities 
  • Life Safety & Construction 

Section Chief: Darleen Bartz
Phone: 701-328-2352

Medical Services

The goal of the Medical Services Section is to prevent disease and disability in North Dakota. The section is responsible for disease prevention, surveillance and identification as well as epidemiologic investigation and forensic examinations.

The section includes the following divisions:

  • Disease Control
  • Forensic Examiner

Section Chief: Kirby Kruger
Phone: 701-328-2499

Fiscal & Operations

The Financial & Operations Section is supervised by the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer and provides support services to assist all NDDoH sections.

The section consists of the following divisions:

  • Accounting
  • Communications
  • Epidemiology 
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Medical Marijuana
  • Systems & Performance
  • Vital Records

Chief Operating Officer: Dirk Wilke
Chief Financial Officer: Brenda Weisz
Phone: 701-328-2372