State Health Officer


Governor Doug Burgum appointed Dirk Wilke to serve as interim state health officer overseeing the North Dakota Department of Health effective September 25, 2020. Prior to being appointed interim state health officer, he served as the chief of staff. In this role, he has provided leadership and strategic thinking across the department since 2017.

During his 12 years with the North Dakota Department of Health, Dirk has served in a variety of capacities, including Human Resources Director, HIPAA Coordinator and Privacy Officer and the civil rights officer.

Dirk received his Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Mary in 2002 and 2008 respectively.  He also received his Juris Doctorate with distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 2005.