Assistant Commissioner Aggie Leitheiser

photo of Aggie LeitheiserAggie Leitheiser was appointed in March 2011 to serve as assistant commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Health.

As assistant commissioner, Leitheiser is responsible for overseeing the department’s Health Protection Bureau. This bureau includes the divisions of Environmental Health; Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Prevention and Control; Public Health Laboratory; and the Office of Emergency Preparedness.

MDH is the state's lead public health agency, responsible for 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.

The department employs about 1,400 staff members in the Twin Cities and in seven offices in Greater Minnesota.

Professional Background

Prior to this appointment, Leitheiser served as the director of the Office of Emergency Preparedness at MDH. The Office's program areas include Healthcare System Preparedness; Local Public Health Planning; Education, Exercise and Planning; Resource Management and Tracking; and Partner Alerting and Communication.

Leitheiser served as the assistant commissioner of the Health Protection bureau from 1999 to Oct. 2005.

Prior to serving as assistant commissioner, Leitheiser was the Director of the Disease Prevention and Control division at MDH, the Assistant Director of Disease Prevention and Control Division, and the section chief of the AIDS/STD Prevention Services section at MDH. She directed prevention programs for persons at risk for or infected with HIV or sexually transmitted diseases, developed grant applications, and monitored state and federal budgets.

Other previous positions include HIV services and planning coordinator at MDH, Community Health Services supervisor for Wright County Human Services Agency in Buffalo, Minn. public health nurse at Marathon County Health Unit in Wausau, Wis., and staff nurse at United Hospital in St. Paul.

She serves as the Director of the Certificate Program in Preparedness, Response and Recovery and is an instructor in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.

Educational Background

In 1989, Leitheiser earned her Masters of Public Health in Public Health Administration at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.

In 1972, Leitheiser earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota.

Updated Friday, April 08, 2011 at 03:01PM