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Ellen Alkon

Adjunct Professor Emeritus


DepartmentsType of Faculty
Health Policy and ManagementEmeriti
Contact Information
Areas of Interest: 
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Public Health Advocacy
  • Physician Education in Public Health
  • Public Health Administration


Dr. Ellen Alkon is Adjunct Professor Emeritus of Health Policy and Management, and also a retiree from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.  She designed and taught HS 438 Issues and Problems in Local Health Administration annually from 1981-2002, followed by several years of co-teaching this course for the UCLA School of Public Health, Department of Health Services.  Dr. Alkon received her B.A. from Stanford University, M.D. from the University of Chicago (now the Pritzker School of Medicine) and M.P.H. in maternal health from the University of California, Berkeley.  She has held leadership positions in three local health departments:  Chief of School Health, Anne Arundel County Health Department, Annapolis, Maryland; Director of Maternal and Child Health and Commissioner of Health, Minneapolis Health Department; various positions in the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, including Medical Director for Public Health and Chief Executive Officer, Medical Director of the Long Beach Comprehensive Health Center, Public Health Chief (West Area), and Director of Public Health Education for Physicians.  She continues as a volunteer with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and as a leader in Public Health Organizations, especially the Southern California Public Health Association and the American Association of Public Health Physicians.