Craig W. Hedberg, PhD

Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Craig W. Hedberg

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-4757

Office Address:
Mayo, 1205

Mailing Address:
420 Delware St. SE
MMC 807
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, 1993

MS, Environmental Health, University of Minnesota, 1984

BS, Biology, University of Connecticut, 1976


My research focuses on foodborne illness and infectious disease outbreaks and I have worked on several national groups to prevent foodborne illness, including the CDC's Food Safety Modernization Act Surveillance Working Group. My work also focuses on surveillance, outbreak investigation, and public health preparedness. Prior to academia, I was the supervisor of the Vectorborne and Zoonotic Diseases Unit at the Minnesota Department of Health.


Environment & exposures, food & nutrition, infectious disease, foodborne disease, surveillance, outbreak investigation, exposure assessment, food safety, epidemiology, public health preparedness, public health practice 

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
  • Outstanding Public Health Impact Award, School of Public Health, 2016

Professional Associations

  • Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
  • Minnesota Environmental Health Association
  • International Association for Food Protection




Teaching Areas

I teach courses in the Environmental Health Sciences Division and in the Executive Public Health Practice MPH program.


  • PubH 6100, Topics: Environmental Health
  • PubH 6183, Theory and Practice in Foodborne Disease Outbreak Detection, Investigation and Control

Community Engagement

I am the co-director of the Minnesota Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence, a partnership between the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and the Minnesota Department of Health. The center improves training, research, continuing education, and outreach related to food safety and the prevention of foodborne illness. 

I also serve as the SPH representative to the Minneapolis Public Health Advisory Committee. 



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In The News

SPH News

  • New Foodservice Training App Helps Immigrants Succeed (Read more)
  • CDC's PulseNet Cost-effectively Prevents Illness and Saves Money (Read more)

In the Media

  • Hungry for data on food safety? In Minnesota, it's more than a click away (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
  • Shutdown limits FDA efforts to protect food safety (WebMD)
  • Government shutdown impacting FDA inspections (WCCO-TV)
  • Chicken is Most Likely to Sicken People, CDC Report on Foodborne Disease Finds (
  • Are Salmonella Outbreaks Becoming More Common? (WCCO-TV)
  • Trump vs. Red Hen restaurant: Eateries in Trump properties also dinged for violations (USA Today)
  • Interview with Dave Lee on WCCO Radio
  • What are the symptoms of salmonella? Egg recall sparks concern (Today)
  • Dream Team Ready to Help South African Listeriosis Victims (Food Safety News)
  • FDA Finds Hazards Lurking In Parsley, Cilantro, Guacamole (NPR
  • Romaine Roulette: E. coli in lettuce (Unsafe Foods)
  • Flint's shigellosis outbreak tells us one thing: The water problem is worse than ever. Mic
  • Supplier counters Blue Bell claims cookie dough has listeria. Tech Times
  • Good Question: How does E. coli get into our food? WCCO