Commissioner Edward Ehlinger, MD, MSPH

Commissioner Edward Ehlinger, MD, MSPH

photo of Edward EhlingerMinnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Edward Ehlinger, MD, MSPH, to serve as Minnesota Commissioner of Health in Jan. 2011.

Ehlinger [el-in-gur] is responsible for directing the work of the Minnesota Department of Health. MDH is the state's lead public health agency, responsible for protecting, maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans.

The department has approximately 1,400 employees in the Twin Cities area and seven offices in Greater Minnesota.

Professional Background

Prior to being appointed commissioner, Ehlinger served as director and chief health officer for Boynton Health Service at the University of Minnesota, from 1995 - 2011.

He has also served as an adjunct professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the U of M School of Public Health.

From 1980 to 1995, Ehlinger served as director of Personal Health Services for the Minneapolis Health Department.

Educational Background

  • MD, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • MSPH, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • BA, University of Wisconsin, Madison


  • Albert Justus Chesely Award from the Minnesota Public Health Association, 1989
  • Advancement of Justice Award from the Hennepin County Bar Association, 1997
  • Recipient of the first Ed Ehlinger Award from CityMatCH (urban maternal and child health directors), 1996
  • Physician Communicator Award, Minnesota Medical Association, 2003

Updated Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 03:36PM