Dr Claudia Stein


Director of the Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation


The Division of Information, Evidence, Research and Innovation provides knowledge for health and helps people use it.


The Division comprises the following units:

  • The Health Information, Monitoring and Analysis unit regularly collects and analyses data to assess country and regional health trends and publishes the results primarily on line, provides guidelines and tools for countries to assess the quality of their health information, supports the integration of national health information systems and trains counterparts in countries in data standards to enhance international comparability.
  • The Evidence and Information for Policy unit comprises (i) the Health Evidence Network, a source of evidence that gives access to independent and reliable health information and evidence for policy-makers to build health policy; (ii) WHO/Europe’s research for health functions, including the European Advisory Committee on Health Research, and the review of ethics and guidelines; and (iii) the Evidence-Informed Policy Network (EVIPNet), which is under development and aims to help countries build up local capacity to use research evidence in policy-making.
  • The Library, Languages and Publications unit ensures that WHO/Europe publishes high-standard, timely, reliable, user-friendly, multilingual knowledge for health, by editing, translating, refining and packaging it in a systematic way, by supplying tools and guidance for staff to use, and by providing a range of library services.


Dr Claudia Stein graduated from the Medical School of the University of Essen, Germany, in 1989. She is a board-certified public health physician and holds a Master's degree in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Southampton (MRC Environmental Epidemiology Unit), United Kingdom.

Prior to joining WHO in 1998, she worked for several years as a public health physician and epidemiologist in Europe, India and China. From 1998 to 2006, she worked in the Information, Evidence and Research cluster at WHO headquarters, mainly in the area of health information, statistics and burden of disease, and as coordinator of the Leadership, Management and Fellowships unit which housed the Health Leadership Service. This was followed by a four-year assignment as medical epidemiologist leading a team in the area of foodborne diseases. Dr Stein took up her current position at WHO/Europe at the end of 2010.

In the absence of Dr Claudia Stein, the acting director is Ms Kristina Mauer-Stender.