Knoxville Health Department

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Knox County Health Department 2247 Western Avenue Knoxville TN 37921 865-215-5000


Knoxville Health Department 4310 Papermill Drive Northwest Knoxville TN 37909 865-909-9404

About Knoxville Health Departments

Knoxville Health Departments are responsible for monitoring public health risks, coordinating responses to public health risks, and setting and enforcing public health standards in Knoxville, TN. Departments of Public Health (DPH) are particularly active in preventing the spread of disease, ensuring a clean water supply, and promoting a healthy environment and healthy behaviors among the public. Health Depts are also a key source of records.

You may contact the Health Department for questions about:
  • Knoxville public health records
  • Vital records searches including birth and death certificates
  • Requesting copies of marriage certificates
  • Knoxville restaurant inspection grades
  • Verifying professional licenses
Find Knoxville Vital Records

Knoxville Health Departments provide a wide variety of public records upon request. These records include birth records for individuals born in Knoxville and death records for individuals who have died in Knoxville. The Department of Public Health may also provide copies of Tennessee marriage certificates registered in the County.

Enforcing Health Codes

At the state level, TN Public Health Departments set standards and reporting requirements, establish the health code, monitor reportable diseases, develop Tennessee statewide plans for responding to public health emergencies, and coordinate with Knoxville Health Departments to protect the health of the public. At the and local level, Health Depts are responsible for enforcing health codes and regulations, tracking reportable diseases, reporting disease information to Tennessee Health Services, carrying out inspections, and issuing licenses for regulated activities.

Restaurant Inspections

Health Departments play a role in food safety by inspecting Knoxville restaurants and food service establishments and issuing licenses that allow them to operate. Food service businesses are subject to strict health regulation in Knoxville. Inspections are conducted on a periodic basis depending on the type of establishment. Inspections may also be triggered by complaints.

Drinking Water Testing

Health Departments in Knoxville, TN inspect and test wells and septic systems for contaminants such as bacteria, non-organic chemicals, naturally occurring radioactivity, and naturally occurring compounds. Wells and septic systems must receive a permit from the Knoxville Health Department before going into operation.

Disease Surveillance

Health Departments track numerous infectious diseases in order to prevent and contain breakouts with immunization clinics. Tennessee State,, and local Health Departments establish systems with health care providers, schools, and other institutions to rapidly identify and communicate instances of reportable infectious diseases.

Knoxville Public Health

Health Departments also educate the public regarding a wide range of Knoxville health concerns, including food borne illnesses, mosquito borne illnesses, immunization, and healthy behaviors. Many Departments of Health Services offer clinical services, such as flu shot clinics, blood pressure screenings, and health consultations.