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Elaine Scallan Walter PhD, MA

Professor, Director (RMPHTC), Co-Director (Colorado Integrated Food Safety CoE)
  • Center for Public Health Practice
  • Colorado Integrated Food Safety Center of Excellence (CoE)
  • Department of Environmental & Occupational Health
  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center

Dr. Scallan is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health. Her research focuses on estimating the burden of foodborne disease and attributing foodborne illnesses to specific sources. She teaches a number of practice-based courses including Disease Outbreak Investigations (EPID 6640) and the Epidemiology of Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases (EPID 6641). Prior to the Colorado School of Public Health, Dr. Scallan was the team lead of the Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network (FoodNet) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Areas of Expertise

  • Foodborne and enteric diseases
  • Foodborne disease surveillance
  • Outbreak investigation and response
  • Source attribution and risk factors for foodborne diseases
  • Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • University College Dublin, PhD (Epidemiology), 2003
  • National University of Ireland Maynooth, MA (Sociology), 1997
  • St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, BA (Sociology and Economics), 1995
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