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Erik Nelson

Erik Nelson

Associate Professor
Public Health

2148 LSB
Provo, UT 84606


Dr. Nelson's research combines epidemiologic, statistical, and geospatial modeling techniques to identify where and why health disparities occur so that appropriate interventions can be developed to help overcome them. His research utilizes novel online recruitment techniques and Bayesian spatio-temporal models. His main areas of interest include health disparities, sexual health, screening, cancer prevention, environmental lead exposure, and social epidemiology. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles on a variety of public health issues such as human papillomavirus (HPV), HPV vaccination, lead exposure, violence, substance abuse, air pollution, and cognitive functioning.

Research Interests

Sexual and reproductive health
Environmental lead exposure
Substance abuse disorders
Spatial statistics
Multi-level modeling

Teaching Interests

Health Promotion

Courses Taught