Amy Kircher, DrPH

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Amy Kircher, DrPH

TLI Faculty, Technological Leadership Institute


Doctorate of Public Health
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Master of Public Health
University of Wisconsin - Lacrosse

Bachelor of Arts
Concordia College


Amy Kircher is the Director of the Food Protection and Defense Institute, a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence and an Assistant Professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. She leads the Institute’s initiatives and coordinates a research consortium of experts dedicated to protecting the food system through research and education. Her current research includes identification and warning of food disruptions and emerging disease through data fusion and analysis; supply chains; and delivery of innovative solutions to the professionals in the field. Additionally, she conducts research efforts on global health and pandemic preparedness leveraging expertise and technology that exists in the Institute.

Alternate Job Roles
Assistant Professor
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Minnesota

National Center for Food Protection and Defense

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

public health, food defense, informatics, homeland security


  • Public health
  • Emergency preparedness and response
  • Homeland security
  • Surveillance
  • Modeling
  • Leadership


  • M.S in Security Technologies
  • M.S. in Management of Technology
Currently Teaching Courses
Critical Infrastructure Protection (ST 8330)
Information and Cyber Security (ST 8331)
Science and Technology Policy (MOT 8920)

Honors and Awards

DOD Joint Civilian Service Commendation Medal, 2009]

DOD Joint Civilian Service Achievement Medal, 2009

NORAD – US Northern Command, Civilian of the Year, 2008

NORAD – US Northern Command, Civilian of the Quarter, 2008

DOD Joint Service Meritorious Unit Award, 2006

Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal, 2005