Nicholas Kelley, PhD

Portrait of Nicholas Kelley

Nicholas Kelley, PhD

TLI Faculty, Technological Leadership Institute



PhD in Environmental Health: Environmental Infectious Disease emphasis
University of Minnesota

Masters of Science in Environmental Health: Environmental Infectious Disease emphasis
University of Minnesota

Bachelor of Arts in Biology
Luther College


Dr. Kelley is the assistant public health administrator for the City of Bloomington, MN. In his role, he works to reduce the direct and associated effects of public health threats, through rigorous analysis, integrative leadership and the implementation of evidence-based practices. Prior to joining the City of Bloomington in 2015, Dr. Kelley served as a research associate at the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota. He primarily worked to support exercises and public health preparedness in the BioWatch program. He is passionate about preparing for emerging infectious disease threats and ensuring that the public health policy for those threats is evidence-based. In the spring of 2012, he was selected as a Fellow in the 2012 class of the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative at the Center for Biosecurity of UPMC. Dr. Kelley also served as the assistant project director on the CIDRAP Comprehensive Influenza Vaccine Initiative. 

Alternate Job Roles
Assistant Public Health Administrator
City of Bloomington
Department of Public Health

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

influenza vaccines, consequences of pandemics on critical infrastructure, and evidence based public health mitigation strategies

M.S in Security Technologies


  • Epidemiology methods
  • Public health assessment
  • Pandemic influenza planning
  • Fault tree analysis
  • Root cause analysis
  • Emergency preparedness
  • Infectious disease
  • Public policy
  • Policy development
  • Literature reviews
  • Scientific writing
  • Biosecurity

Selected Publications

Belongia EA, Simpson MD, King JP, Sundaram ME, Kelley NS, et al. Variable influenza vaccine effectiveness by subtype: a systematic review and meta-analysis of test-negative design studies. Lancet Infect Dis. 2016 Aug;16(8):942-51

Osterholm MT, Moore KA, Kelley NS, et al. Transmission of ebola viruses: what we know and what we do not know. MBio. 2015 Feb 19;6(2). pii: e00137-15.

Osterholm MT, Kelley NS, Belongia EA, Jackson LA, Jackson ML. Reply: Cochrane rearranged. Vaccine. 2014 Feb 13.

Kelly HA, Kelley NS. Evidence-based policies for the control of influenza. Med J Aust. 2013 Apr 15;198(7):349-50.

Osterholm MT, Ballering KS, Kelley NS. Major challenges in providing an effective and timely pandemic vaccine for influenza A(H7N9). JAMA. 2013 Jun 26;309(24):2557-8.

Kelley NS, Osterholm MT. Vaccines in the 21st Century: A cautionary tale. S D Med. 2013;Spec no:127-8.

Osterholm MT, Kelley NS. Influenza vaccination of health care workers. CMAJ. 2013 Feb 5;185(2):150-1.

Osterholm MT, Kelley NS. H5N1 influenza virus seroepidemiological studies: the facts revisited. Proc Natl Acad Sci. 2012 May 22;109(21):E1332

Osterholm MT, Kelley NS. Mammalian-transmissible H5N1 influenza: facts and perspective. (Commentary) mBio 2012 Feb 24;3(2):e00045-12

Osterholm MT, Kelley NS, Sommer A, Belongia EA. Efficacy and effectiveness of influenza vaccines: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Infect Dis. 2012;12(1):36-44

Kelley NS, Osterholm MT, Belongia EA. The effect of influenza vaccination on risk of acute myocardial infarction: self-controlled case-series study. (Letter) Vaccine. 2011:29(25):4183

Kelley NS, Osterholm MT, Belongia EA. Safety and effectiveness of a 2009 H1N1 vaccine in Beijing. (Letter) N Engl J Med. 2011:364(12):1181

Osterholm, MT; Kelley, NS. Energy and the Public’s Health: Making the Connection. (Editorial) Public Health Reports. January/February 2009;124(1):20-21.6

Other publications

Minnesota African Task Force Against Ebola (MATFAE) and Bloomington Public Health (BPH)/Public Health Alliance of Bloomington, Edina and Richfield (PHABER). Exploring perceptions and recommendations towards initiating a culturally competent Ebola response and recovery. City of Bloomington. 2017.

Kelley NS, Osterholm MT. Bioterrorism. In Oxford Textbook of Public Health. 6th ed. Detels R, Gulliford M, Abdool Karim Q and CC Tan, eds. Oxford University Press. Feb 2015.

Osterholm MT, Kelley NS, Manske JM, et al. The compelling need for game-changing influenza vaccines: an analysis of the influenza vaccine enterprise and recommendations for the future. CIDRAP. Oct 2012

Kelley NS. Influenza vaccines: an assessment of efficacy/effectiveness, availability, safety and acceptance. PhD Thesis. May 2011.

Kelley NS, Kimball-Baker K. Keeping the world working during an influenza pandemic: key themes, tips, tools, and checklists from the 2009 CIDRAP summit on H1N1. CIDRAP. Jan 2010.

Kimball-Baker K, Kelley NS. Doing business during an influenza pandemic: a toolkit for organizations of all sizes. CIDRAP. Nov 2009


Kelley NS, Osterholm MT. Pandemic influenza, electricity, and the coal supply chain: addressing crucial preparedness gaps in the United States. CIDRAP. Nov 2008


Kelley NS. Pandemic influenza: Insights from the past, thoughts for the future. Agora: Luther College in Conversation, Spring 2007: 1, 7-10