Assistant Professor of Epidemiology


William C. Goedel, PhD [he/him] is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Brown University School of Public Health. He is a social epidemiologist, with significant methodological expertise in the use of geographic information systems (GIS) to guide public health policy and practice. His research uses spatial analytical techniques to quantify the burden of many of the United States' most pressing public health challenges varies from neighborhood to neighborhood, with a particular interest in identifying areas that are overburdened and underserved as points of focus when resources are limited. This applied research is ofen conducted in close collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Health, covering a range of health conditions including asthma, cancer, COVID-19, drug overdose, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), stoke, and vaccine-preventable infections. 

He currently teaches "Fundamentals of Epidemiology" (PHP 0850), a foundational course for undergraduate students, and "Foundations of Spatial Analysis in Public Health" (PHP 2015), an elective for graduate students. He serves in a number of capacities as an advisor, including as a first-year advisor, a sophomore advisor, a concentration advisor, and a thesis advisor for both undergraduate and graduate students. As a scholar of teaching and learning, Dr. Goedel is interested in the implementation and evaluation of graduate admissions review processes and novel grading systems that value both a learner's accomplishments to date and their potential for growth over time regardless of their background.

He received his undergraduate degree with a joint major in global public health and sociology from New York University's College of Global Public Health in 2017 and his doctoral degree in epidemiology from Brown University's School of Public Health in 2020. He is a core faculty member in the People, Place, and Health Collective.

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