Katherine Paphitis

BSc, BASc, MSc, CPHI(c), CIC


Katherine is a full-time Regional Infection Prevention & Control (IPAC) Specialist at Public Health Ontario.

Katherine is a certified Public Health Inspector and previously worked at Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health in Guelph, ON, specializing in the Control of Infectious Diseases. Her work included outbreak investigation and reportable disease case management as well as back-up support for the infectious disease epidemiologist.

Katherine's research interests include infectious diseases, one health, zoonoses and applied epidemiology with a focus on public health surveillance.

Research Interests

Katherine's PhD project aims to utilize previously collected personal health information collected by public health units in Ontario and entered into the integrated Public Health Information System (iPHIS) from 2003-2015 (inclusive). This project will investigate the spatial distribution of Salmonella in Ontario, including assessment of relevant risk factors and the effectiveness of existing cluster detection methods in predicting potential outbreaks of salmonellosis in Ontario with specific emphasis on Salmonella Heidelberg and S. Typhimurium.





Professional Experience & Honours

Winner of the Air & Waste Management Association (ON section) centennial prize for environmental leadership vision (2008)

Experience working as a Public Health Inspector and as a provincial Meat Hygiene Officer (OMAF)