Ellen Whitney

Director of Programs 

IANPHI U.S. Secretariat, Global Health Institute 


Ellen Whitney serves as the Director of Programs for the International Association of National Public Health Institutes (IANPHI) U.S. Office at Emory University’s Global Health Institute in Atlanta. From 2003-2015, Ellen Whitney served as the Director of Research Projects for the Center for Public Health Preparedness and Research at Rollins School of Public Health and the Associate Director of the Emory Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center. Her research focused on strengthening public health systems as well as epidemiology and surveillance for emerging infectious diseases. As an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, Meningitis and Special Pathogens from 2000-2003, she participated in the 2001 anthrax investigation and the one year follow-up of the anthrax survivors, as well as the 2003 monkeypox outbreak. Her past experience in BSL3 laboratories at Emory University on Tuberculosis and atypical mycobacteria lead to her work on Buruli ulcer disease. She has served as a consultant for the World Health Organization on Buruli ulcer disease. Her interests include public health systems, surveillance, epidemiology, emerging infectious diseases, zoonotic diseases, atypical mycobacteria, and public health preparedness. She is a graduate of St. Andrews Presbyterian College and received her Masters in Public Health in epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.