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Usama Bilal, MD, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor
Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Urban Health Collaborative
Dornsife School of Public Health


Usama Bilal, MD, MPH, PhD is Assistant Professor in the Urban Health Collaborative and the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at Drexel's Dornsife School of Public Health. His primary research interest is the macrosocial determinants of health, with a specific interest in nutrition-related conditions and their upstream causes. Most of his work focuses on the role that city- and neighborhood-level dynamics have in generating disease, and the use of complexity methodologies to study the emergent properties of urban environments. In 2018, Bilal was awarded a prestigious NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (DP5) for a project entitled The Health Consequences of Urban Scaling. Bilal was previously a postdoctoral research fellow with the Urban Health Collaborative. His website, with information on publications and presentations, is: www.usamabilal.info.

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