Erik J. Nelson

Assistant Professor
Epidemiology and Biostatistics

PH C033

  • University of Minnesota, Ph.D., 2014
  • University of Minnesota, MPH, 2010
  • Brigham Young University, B.S., 2008
  • 2016-present: Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health - Bloomington, Indiana University
  • 2014-2016: Postdoctoral Fellow in Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College for Public Health and Social Justice, Saint Louis University
Research Interests

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 has utilized novel online recruitment techniques and Bayesian spatio-temporal models. His main areas of interest include sexual health, screening, cancer prevention, and social epidemiology. His methods have been applied to address several public health issues such as human papillomavirus (HPV), HPV vaccination, condom availability, lead exposure, violence, substance abuse, gestational weight gain, air pollution, salmonella, and the Zika Virus.

Link to ResearchGate

Selected Publications
Vaughn, MG, Nelson, EJ, Salas-Wright, CP, DeLisi, M, Qian, Z. (2016) "Handgun carrying among white youth increasing in the United States: new evidence from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2002-2013."  Preventive Medicine. 88:127-133. PMID: 27063946.

Boutwell, BB, Nelson, EJ, Emo, B, Vaughn, MG, Schootman, M, Rosenfeld, R, Lewis, R. "The intersection of aggregate-level lead exposure and crime."  Environmental Research. Vol. 148. March 2016. P. 79-85. PMID: 27035924.

Nelson, EJ, Shacham, E, Boutwell, B, Emo, B, Vaughn, M, Rosenfeld, R, Schootman, M. (2015) "Childhood lead exposure and sexually transmitted diseases: New evidence."  Environmental Research. Nov. 143(Pt A): 131-7. PMID: 23479187.

Shacham, E, Nelson, EJ, Schulte, L, Bloomfield, M, Murphy, R. (2015) "Condom deserts: evidence of geographic disparities in condom availability and accessibility."  Sexually Transmitted Infections. Nov. 13. PMID: 26567330.

Nelson, EJ, Hughes, J, Oakes, JM, Pankow, JS, Kulasingam, SL. (2015) "Geospatial patterns of human papillomavirus vaccine uptake in Minnesota."  BMJ Open. Aug 27; 5(8). PMID: 26316652.

Nelson, EJ, Hughes, J, Oakes, JM, Thyagarajan, B, Pankow, JS, Kulasingam, SL. (2014). "Human papillomavirus infection in women who self-collected vaginal swabs after internet recruitment."  Journal of Community Health. p. 1-8.

Nelson, EJ, Hughes, J, Oakes, JM, Pankow, JS, Kulasingam, SL. (2014) "Estimation of geographic variation in human papillomavirus vaccine uptake in men and women: an online survey using Facebook recruitment."  Journal of Medical Internet Research. PMID: 25231937.