Dr. Hoda Abdel Magid is an Assistant Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences with the USC Keck School of Medicine and of Spatial Sciences with the USC Dornsife Spatial Sciences Institute.

Her research focuses on understanding how place affects health. She examines how social determinants of health (such as income or employment) affect chronic disease behaviors and chronic disease outcomes. Dr. Abdel Magid also is interested in the disproportionate risk to socially and racially marginalized communities that is largely due to the contextual health influences of the physical and social environment.

She is currently working to develop a specific epidemiologic framework for utilizing electronic health records, survey and geographic data with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and spatial methods to reduce health disparities among socially marginalized populations.

Her goal is to merge clinical data with data on social determinants of health in a spatial epidemiology framework to effectively allow us to ask and answer questions about how place affects health.

Prior to joining USC, Dr. Abdel Magid was at Stanford University, where she was an instructor and postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health.


Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley
Masters of Health Sciences, Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
B.S., Biology and Public Health Sciences, Santa Clara University

Recent publications

Abdel Magid HS, Topol B, McGuire V, Hinman JA, Kasarskis EJ, Nelson LM. Cardiovascular Diseases, Medications, and ALS: A Population-Based Case-Control Study. Neuroepidemiology. 2022 Dec 8:1-10. doi:
10.1159/000526982. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36481735.

Abdel Magid HS, Shan J, Culpepper W, Nelson LM, Wallin M. Telemedicine Utilization among Patients with Multiple Sclerosis in the US Veterans Health Administration: 2010-2020. Neurology: Clinical Practice. 2022 Oct 12. DOI:

Jimenez MP, Gutierrez TB, Soria-Contreras DC, Abdel Magid HS, Kaufman JS, Society For Epidemiologic Research OBOTDAICOT. Increasing Representation of Epidemiologists from Around the World in the Society of Epidemiologic Research: the Case of Mexico. Am J Epidemiol. 2022 Jul 27:kwac127. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwac127. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35896787.

Abdel Magid HS, Milliren CE, Rice K, Molanphy N, Ruiz K, Gooding HC, Richmond TK, Odden MC, Nagata JM. Adolescent individual, school, and neighborhood influences on young adult hypertension risk. PLoS One. 2022 Apr 28;17(4):e0266729. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0266729. PMID: 35482649; PMCID: PMC9049504.

Abdel Magid HS, Ferguson JM, Van Cleve R, Purnell AL, Osborne TF. Differences in COVID-19 Risk by Race and County-Level Social Determinants of Health among Veterans. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021 Dec 13;18(24):13140. doi: 10.3390/ijerph182413140. PMID: 34948748; PMCID: PMC8701661.