Joplin is located in southern Jasper County and northern Newton County. It is the largest city in Jasper County. As a city department, the Joplin Health Department provides various programs primarily to Joplin residents that include; environmental/epidemiology, medical, animal control, WIC (Women, Infant, Children), emergency preparedness and administrative services. However, certain services such as vital records and WIC are also provided to non-Joplin residents.


In order to protect the health of the community, the health department provides prevention, maintenance and educational services to the citizens and visitors of the area, other social, medical and educational providers, the business community, and the local, state and federal government agencies. Highly professional, responsive services are provided to all customers in a courteous manner with respect to individual dignity.