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Ellen Marie Stein, MS '19

Director, UIC Contact Tracing and COVID Epidemiology Program

Epidemiology and Biostatistics


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Ellen Stein is a native of the Chicago suburbs, who graduated from Kenyon College with her BA in Spanish Literature in 2013. Ellen spent time living abroad in Spain, teaching natural and social sciences at a bilingual elementary school in rural Andalucía and in a dental clinic which provided surgical and other procedures on a sliding scale to communities with limited access to dental services in Madrid. She received her MS in Epidemiology from the UIC School of Public Health, focusing on quantitative methods and data analysis, and completing her thesis work with the Chicago Fire Department. She has a background in clinical trials and public health research through her experience at the NUgene Project at Northwestern University, as well as with Project HEAL, the routine HIV & HCV screening initiative at UI Hospital and Health Sciences System, the Chicago Fire Department, and at UIC with the Breathe Chicago Center working with the Population Health Sciences program. In April, 2020, Ellen also began working at the Illinois Department of Public Health Communicable Disease Division as a contract epidemiologist for the COVID-19 response. In August 2020, she returned to the UIC School of Public Health as the Director of the UIC COVID-19 Contact Tracing and Epidemiology Program, and also continues to work with IDPH on the State's COVID-19 response.


MS, Epidemiology, UIC School of Public Health, 2019
BA, Major: Spanish Literature, Minor: History, Kenyon College, 2013