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Quynh Nguyen

Associate Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Quynh Nguyen, PhD, MSPH, is an assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Dr. Nguyen is a social epidemiologist focusing on contextual and economic factors as they relate to health. She leverages technology and big data sources to investigate and address health disparities.


SPH | Room 2234B

(301) 405-6425

Areas of Interest

Core Faculty

Neighborhoods; Social Epidemiology; Big Data; Social Media; Google Street View, Health Disparities, Neighborhoods

Dr. Nguyen's research activities include creating and validating neighborhood indicators constructed from nontraditional Big Data sources, such as social media data and Google Street View images. She received a K01 career development grant through the Big Data to Knowledge Initiative (BD2K) and an R01 from the National Library of Medicine to pursue this research program (K01ES025433; R01LM012849). Most recently, her team received an R01 from the National Institutes on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01MD016037) to build a chatbot for racial/ethnic minority mothers to deliver personalized and automated health information during the first year of life.

PhD, Epidemiology
2011, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

BA, Human Biology
2005, Stanford University

EPIB 633: Health Survey Design and Analysis

Nomination, Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers

Research Award, University of Maryland School of Public Health

Vice President’s Clinical & Translational Research Scholar Program, University of Utah School of Medicine

Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, UNC School of Public Health

Travel Award, UNC School of Public Health 2006-2007 Merit Assistantship, UNC School of Public Health

Culture in Society Fellowship, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Academic Senate Scholarship, Charles and Ernestine Williams Memorial Scholarship, Tony Fortes Scholarship, Olympia Vanacore Memorial Scholarship, and AFFIRM Program Continuing Student Scholarship

Nguyen, Thu T., Shaniece Criss, Eli K. Michaels, Rebekah I. Cross, Jackson S. Michaels, Pallavi Dwivedi, Dina Huang et al. "Progress and push-back: How the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd impacted public discourse on race and racism on Twitter." SSM-population health 15 (2021): 100922.

Nguyen, Thu T., Dina Huang, Eli K. Michaels, M. Maria Glymour, Amani M. Allen, and Quynh C. Nguyen. "Evaluating associations between area-level Twitter-expressed negative racial sentiment, hate crimes, and residents' racial prejudice in the United States." SSM-population health 13 (2021): 100750.

Nguyen T., Criss S., Dwivedi P*., Huang D., Keralis J.*, Hsu E.*, Phan L.*, Nguyen L.H.*, Yardi I.*, Glymour M.M., Allen A.M., Chae D.H., Gee G.C., Nguyen Q.C. (2020). Exploring U.S. Shifts in Anti-Asian Sentiment with the Emergence of COVID-19. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health.

Nguyen QC, Huang Y, Kumar A*, Duan H*, Keralis JM*, Dwivedi P*, Meng H-W*, Brunisholz KD, Jay J, Javanmardi M, Tasdizen T. Using 164 Million Google Street View Images to Derive Built Environment Predictors of COVID-19 Cases. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(17):6359.

Phan L*, Yu W*, Keralis J*, Mukhija K*, Dwivedi P*, Brunisholz K, Javanmardi M*, Tasdizen T, Nguyen QC (2020). Google Street View Derived Built Environment Indicators and Associations with State-level Obesity, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease Mortality. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17(10), 3659;

Nguyen TT, Adams N, Huang D*, Glymour MM, Allen A, Nguyen QC (2020). State-level racial attitudes and adverse birth outcomes: applying natural language processing to Twitter data to quantify state context for pregnant women. JMIR. 2020 Apr 16. doi: 10.2196/17103.

Keralis JM*, Javanmardi M*, Khanna S*, Dwivedi P*, Huang D*, Tasdizen T, & Nguyen QC. (2020). Health and the built environment in United States cities: measuring associations using Google Street View-derived indicators of the built environment. BMC public health, 20(1), 215.

Huang D*, Huang Y*, Adams N, Nguyen TT, & Nguyen QC. (2020). Twitter-Characterized Sentiment Towards Racial/Ethnic Minorities and Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Outcomes. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 1-13.

Javanmardi M*, Huang D*, Dwivedi P*, Khanna S*, Brunisholz K, Whitaker R, Nguyen QC & Tasdizen T (2019). Analyzing Associations Between Chronic Disease Prevalence and Neighborhood Quality Through Google Street View Images. IEEE Access.

Nguyen, Q.C., Osypuk, T.L., Schmidt, N.M., Glymour, M.M. and Tchetgen Tchetgen, E.J., 2015. Practical guidance for conducting mediation analysis with multiple mediators using inverse odds ratio weighting. American journal of epidemiology, 181(5), pp.349-356.