Brown County Health Department

Brown County Indiana Health Department

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Welcome to the Brown County Health Department

The Brown County Health Department encourages organized community efforts to address public health issues by applying medical, scientific and technical knowledge to prevent disease and promote health.

Last Updated 12/28/2017

201 Locust Lane
P.O. Box 281
Nashville, Indiana 47448      
Phone: (812) 988-2255
Fax: (812) 988-5601 

Please call the front office staff if you have any questions about: Septic Permits, Septic Searches or Spec Sheets.
The Brown County Health Department now accepts credit or debit cards. We also accept cash (when paying in person), personal checks, money orders and cashier's checks.
NEW! Forms for the Brown County Health Department are now accessible on both the individual services pages and on the Links/Forms page to help make finding and downloading our forms easier.
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2018 Restaurant License Renewals

The Annual Food Permit application for Brown County for 2018 is now available. Completed application forms and payment are due between January 2nd and January 31st. PLEASE NOTE: We cannot take money prior to January 2nd.

For seasonal operations, licenses need to be renewed prior to opening.  Special events (i.e. Valentines Day openings) licensing must be in place. All year/ non-seasonal permits paid after the 31st of January will be subject to a $10/day fine.

Original signed copy of the application are required to issue the license.  We cannot accept scanned copies. You can mail this signed form to us or drop it off at the office. We do take credit and debit cards, money orders and cash.  Please call the office if you have any questions.

Annual Licensing Letter 2018.docx
Annual License Application 2018.docx
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Food Manager's Certification Class

This ServSafe food safety course will be held at the County Building. Next class January 30 and 31st. You must attend both days (Class will start at 8:30AM on the 30th and run until 12:30PM. On the 31st the class will start at 8:30AM and run until 2:30PM. This is the 7th edition text. The 6th edition of the text can be used with the updates that will be distributed. Indiana Food Code requires that one person be certified as a food manager. The cost of the class is $125 and includes all required materials and the certification exam. If you have already purchased the text the cost of the class is $50. Space is limited to 12 participants so please reserve early. Certification is good for 5 years.
Contact Jennifer Heller Rugenstein, EHS at the Brown County Health Department for more details. (812) 988-2255
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Food Safety Education Class

This FREE food safety class can be provided either at the County Building or your restaurant or food service establishment. This is a basic class that discusses the ways to help prevent food borne illness and is geared towards service staff, dishwashers, kitchen help and management. This is not a certified class and will not meet the requirements for a Certified Food Handler, but it will give staff a working knowledge of the reasons behind some of the Food Code regulations.
Contact Jennifer Heller Rugenstein, EHS at the Brown County Health Department to set up a time and location for presentations. (812) 988-2255
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Managing Food Emergencies

The Terrorism and All Hazards Preparedness Committee of the Indiana Environmental Health Association is sponsoring a free training session at the Brown County Annex Building on November 14 and 15th from 8-5pm daily.  Registration Required.

This training is "Managing Food Emergencies; Strategies for a Community Response". The course is designed to help communities develop a plan to effectively deal with a large food emergency.  Participants from Agriculture, Emergency Management, EMS, Fire Service, Law Enforcement, Veterinarians, Laboratory, Private food sector managers, and Public Health employees are encouraged to attend.

This course is being taught by the National Center for Biomedical Research and training at Louisiana State University under the NCBRT Homeland Security National Training Program. The course will help you make decisions on food related incidents including: a) realizing when you need help, b) figuring out what resources you need and where to get them, c) developing a plan to get a response, d) how agencies interact and who to contact, etc..

Contact Jennifer Rugenstein at the Brown County Health Department to register- 812-988-2255
Community Health Resources:
Adult Stay Well Clinics are held monthly at Hickory Ridge.  Nurses perform general screenings for no charge at these clinics.
Important Health Information:
For current information on safety concerns in Indiana, please contact the State Board of Health web page at:
If you have further questions or concerns, please contact our office at:
Phone: (812) 988-2255