Myron Falken received an MS in microbiology from South Dakota State University. He received an MPH and a PhD in environmental health with an emphasis on epidemiology from the University of Minnesota. He worked as an epidemiologist at the Minnesota Department of Health for 20 years and developed the blood lead surveillance system and the birth defects surveillance system. Falken is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota. He has four years of public health experience as a public health director and community health administrator directing and planning activities at the community level.