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Neal D. Goldstein, PhD, MBI

Neal Goldstein

Assistant Research Professor
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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PhD, Epidemiology, Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University; MBI, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Medicine


Neal D. Goldstein, PhD, MBI, is an Assistant Research Professor of Epidemiology at the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health. With a background in biomedical informatics, he focuses on computational approaches in complex data settings to understand infectious disease transmission among vulnerable populations including children and sexual and gender minorities. This has been demonstrated through his work in HIV, healthcare associated infections, and vaccination and vaccine-preventable diseases.

As a recipient of an NIH K01 career development award, Dr. Goldstein is currently studying geospatial aspects of HIV surveillance programs. This work aims to improve public health resource allocation by more accurately quantifying the HIV epidemic at a micro level.

Dr. Goldstein is well published, including authoring a book on conducting epidemiological analyses from electronic health records, several co-authored chapters in academic textbooks, and dozens of peer-reviewed publications in leading epidemiological and clinical journals.

His work has been profiled in national and local media outlets, including Kaiser Health News, Politico, Slate, Popular Science, Healio, the Advocate, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and WHYY, among others.

He writes a science blog, which is available at

Research Interests

  • Data Anaylsis Methods
  • eHealth or mHealth
  • Infectious Disease
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Reproductive or Sexual health
  • Spatial Analysis or GIS
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Vaccines and vaccinations
  • Electronic medical records/informatics
  • Translational epidemiology


Goldstein ND, Hamra GB, Harper S. Are descriptions of methods alone sufficient for study reproducibility? Epidemiology. 2019 Nov 28. DOI: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000001149.

Goldstein ND, Purtle J, Suder JS. Effect of Vaccine-preventable Disease Incidence on Proposed State Vaccine Exemption Legislation. JAMA Pediatr. 2019 Nov 18. DOI: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.4365. Zenodo:

Hamra GB, Goldstein ND, Harper S. Resource Sharing to Improve Research Quality. J Am Heart Assoc. 2019 Aug 6;8(15):e012292. DOI: 10.1161/JAHA.119.012292.

Tran NK, Goldstein ND. Jointly Representing Geographic Exposure and Outcome Data Using Cartograms. Am J Epidemiol. 2019 Sep 1;188(9):1751-1752. DOI: 10.1093/aje/kwz141. Zenodo:

Goldstein ND, LeVasseur MT, Tran NK, Purtle J, Welles SL, Eppes SC. Modeling HPV vaccination scale-up among urban young men who have sex with men in the context of HIV. Vaccine. 2019 Jun 27;37(29):3883-3891. DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2019.05.047. Zenodo:

Paul DA, Johnson D, Goldstein ND, Pearlman SA. Development of a single-center quality bundle to prevent sudden unexpected postnatal collapse. J Perinatol. 2019 Jul;39(7):1008-1013. DOI: 10.1038/s41372-019-0393-y.

Goldstein ND, Kahal D. Comments on the Communicable Disease Issue. Delaware Journal of Public Health. 2019 May;5(2):4.

Tran NK, Hatzenbuehler ML, Goldstein ND. Potential Relationship between HIV Criminalization and Structural Stigma Related to Sexual Orientation in the U.S. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2019 Apr 15;80(5):e106-e108. DOI: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000001961. Zenodo:

Goldstein ND, Suder JS, Purtle J. Trends and characteristics of proposed and enacted state legislation on childhood vaccination exemption, 2011 – 2017. Am J Public Health. 2018 Nov 29:e1-e6. DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304765. Zenodo:

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