Dr. Joan Duwve, Director of Public Health

Dr. Joan Duwve

Dr. Joan Duwve currently serves as Director of Public Health for the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC). In this capacity, she provides strategic direction for public health, leading its more than 1,900 public health employees. She ensures the delivery of appropriate, timely and quality services at DHEC’s 74 public health service sites, located in every county in the state and the performance of the central office bureaus of Community Health Services, Communicable Disease Prevention and Control, Maternal and Child Health, Health Improvement and Equity, Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Public Health Laboratory, Public Health Preparedness and Community Nutrition Services.

Dr. Duwve holds more than 20 years of experience in public health. Prior to joining DHEC, she served as the Associate Dean of Practice for the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health in Indianapolis, Ind., and developed and directed the ECHO Center to train primary care providers in rural communities to treat patients with complex conditions like HIV and hepatitis C. Dr. Duwve also served as the Chief Medical Officer with the Indiana State Department of Health and the Medical Director for the Department’s Division of Public Health and Preparedness. Before transitioning to full-time public health work, she practiced family medicine in Indiana for 11 years.  

Dr. Duwve brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in public health to the agency. She holds a Medical Doctor degree (MD) from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of Michigan. Dr. Duwve completed her residency in family medicine at St. Vincent Hospital and Health Services in Indianapolis.