Assistant Commissioner Paul Allwood
Paul Allwood serves the Minnesota Department of Health as an assistant commissioner. He oversees the Health Protection Bureau, which is composed of the divisions of Environmental Health, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Prevention and Control, and the Public Health Laboratory.
MDH is the state's lead public health agency, in charge of protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans. The department operates programs in disease prevention and control, health promotion, community public health, environmental health, health care policy, and regulation of health care providers. MDH employs about 1,400 staff in the Twin Cities and seven offices in Greater Minnesota.
Prior to being appointed assistant commissioner, Allwood served as director of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) at the University of Minnesota. As director, he was responsible for providing leadership and advocacy for the system-wide Office of Occupational Health and Safety ensuring proper oversight of its functions such as policy development, service development and coordination, and other operational and reporting responsibilities. Before becoming director, Allwood served as assistant professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences, and assistant director of Public and Occupational Health at the University of Minnesota.
Allwood has served in a variety of public health roles throughout his career including as entomological assistant, public health inspector, environmental health specialist, sanitarian, environmental health supervisor, and epidemiologist principal. He has worked for national, state, and local public health agencies including a previous position at the Minnesota Department of Health. He will continue to serve as an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota.
Allwood received his PhD and Master of Public Health in environmental health and a Bachelor of Science in public health and life science from the University of Minnesota.