Katherine Ellingson, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Public Health
  • Assistant Professor, Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences
  • Assistant Professor, Medicine

Katherine (Kate) Ellingson, PhD, joined the College of Public Health in 2017 following 10 years of public service as a healthcare epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Oregon State Health Department. While at CDC, she investigated the transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms in healthcare settings, evaluated initiatives to prevent healthcare-associated infections, built capacity for infection prevention in resource-limited settings, and served as the agency’s subject matter expert for hand hygiene in healthcare. At the Oregon Health Department, she directed the state’s mandatory healthcare-associated infection reporting program, investigated infectious disease outbreaks and led injection safety promotion efforts.  

Areas of Expertise:

  • Healthcare-associated infections
  • Infection prevention in healthcare
  • Antimicrobial resistance and stewardship
  • Program evaluation
  • Impact assessment through time-series analyses
  • Hand hygiene in healthcare settings
  • Transfusion safety
  • Outbreak investigation
  • Field epidemiology
  • Surveillance and capacity-building in resource-limited settings
  • Injection safety in healthcare
  • Healthcare transitions
Research Interests: 
  • Disease Prevention
  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease
Faculty Type: 
Joint Faculty
  • PhD: Yale University, 2006