Daniel Kim, Northeastern University

Daniel Kim


Associate Professor

Health Sciences


Daniel Kim, M.D., Dr.P.H., is Associate Professor in the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University. His research broadly encompasses the social and economic determinants of population health. Professor Kim currently serves as Principal Investigator of a RF1 (R01-equivalent) grant on the social determinants of dementia, funded by the National Institute of Aging (NIA) at the U.S. National Institutes of Health. He has previously served as Principal Investigator of a National Heart, Lung, & Blood Institute (NHLBI)-funded R01 project estimating the impacts of social determinants of cardiovascular disease incidence and mortality. Professor Kim has published a number of studies on the area-level effects of socioeconomic factors and other social determinants on health, and co-edited the textbook Social Capital and Health (Springer Press, 2008) with Ichiro Kawachi and S.V. Subramanian (Harvard School of Public Health). He is also the author of a new book on applications of modeling and simulation methods to public health and social epidemiology, funded by the National Library of Medicine and published by Wiley & Sons in 2021. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, books, and chapters.

Professor Kim completed a medical degree and residency program in public health & preventive medicine at the University of Toronto, and earned his doctorate in public health (majoring in social epidemiology) from Harvard University. He is a Faculty Affiliate with both the Network Science PhD Program and the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. From 2012 to 2014, he chaired the Systems Science and Health in the Behavioral and Social Sciences Special Emphasis Panel at the National Institutes of Health. He is the founder and president of the International Social Epidemiology Society, a global society that aims to facilitate dialogue among those engaged in the research and practice of social epidemiology and the social determinants of health around the world. Professor Kim also presently serves as an Associate Editor for the international journal Preventive Medicine and on the editorial boards of the journals PLOS Global Public Health and Social Science & Medicine – Population Health, and has peer reviewed for more than 50 international journals.

Research Interests

Social epidemiology, social and economic determinants of health, social policy

Google Scholar Citations


Selected Recent Publications


  • Kim D. Associations of racial and ethnic composition of school districts with wildfire smoke exposure and reduced in-person learning among schoolchildren during the pandemic in the United States. medRxiv 2023.09.25.23296000; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2023.09.25.23296000.
  • Kim D. Who gets long COVID and suffers its mental health and socioeconomic consequences in the United States? Preliminary findings from a large nationwide study. medRxiv 2023.01.06.23284199; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2023.01.06.23284199.
  • Kim D.  Associations of race/ethnicity and socioeconomic factors with vaccination among U.S. adults during the COVID-19 pandemic: January to March 2021. Preventive Medicine Reports. 2023. 31, 102021.
  • Kim D. Minimizing public health consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic: Let’s consider the threat of a triple recession. The Lancet Regional Health – Americas. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.lana.2021.100176
  • *Fraser T, Aldrich DA, Panagopoulos C, Hummel D, Kim D. The harmful effects of partisan polarization on health. PNAS Nexus. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1093/pnasnexus/pgac011
  • Kim D. Financial hardship and social assistance as determinants of mental health and food and housing insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. SSM – Population Health 2021;16:100862.
  • *Gero K, Noubary F, Kawachi I, Briesacher BA, Baum CF, Kim D. State- and county-level hate crimes in relation to individual-level cardiovascular risk factors among middle-aged adults: The National Longitudinal Survey of Youths 1979. BMJ Open 2022;12:e054360.
  • Park CH, Kim D, Briesacher BA. Association of social isolation of long-term care facilities in the United States with 30-day mortality. JAMA Network Open 2021;4(6):e2113361
  • New Horizons in Modeling and Simulation for Social Epidemiology and Public Health. Kim D. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons, 2021. https://www.amazon.com/Modeling-Simulation-Social-Epidemiology-Public/dp/1118589300/
  • Nayak S*, Fraser T, Panagopoulos C, Aldrich DP, Kim D. Is divisive politics making Americans sick? Associations of perceived partisan polarization with physical and mental health outcomes among adults in the United States. Social Science & Medicine 2021;284;113976.
  • Kim D, Park CH, Briesacher B. Socially-isolated neighborhoods and the risk of all-cause mortality among nursing home residents in the United States: A multilevel study. Preventive Medicine Reports 2021;21:101285.
  • Dev S*, Kim D. State- and county-level social capital as predictors of county-level suicide rates in the United States: A lagged multilevel study. Public Health Reports 2021;136(5):538-542.
  • Cramer GR*, Young G, McGuire J, Singh S, Kim D. Evidence that collaborative action between local health departments and nonprofit hospitals helps foster healthy behaviors in communities: A multilevel study. BMC Health Services Research 2021;21(1):1-12.
  • Gero K*, Kim D. The associations between state-level corruption and individual-level cardiovascular risk factors among middle-aged Americans: The National Longitudinal Survey of Youths 1979. International Journal of Public Health 2020;65:1737-1748.
  • Kim D. Social determinants of health in relation to firearm-related homicides in the United States: A nationwide multilevel cross-sectional study. PLoS Medicine 2019;16(12):e1002978.
  • Kim D. Bridging the epidemiology-policy divide: A consequential and evidence-based framework to optimize population health. Preventive Medicine 2019;129:105781.
  • Rodgers J*, Wallace RB, Briesacher B, Kawachi I, Baum CF, Kim D. Housing affordability in relation to cardiovascular risk factors in the United States: The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Health & Place 2019;59:102194.
  • Kim D. Does paid vacation leave protect against depression among working Americans?: a national longitudinal fixed effects analysis. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment, & Health 2019;45(10);22-32.
  • Kim D, Glazier RH, Zagorski B, Kawachi I, Oreopoulos P. Neighborhood socioeconomic position and risks of major chronic diseases and all-cause mortality: a quasi-experimental study. BMJ Open 2018;8:e018793.
  • Kim D. Projected impacts of federal tax policy proposals on mortality burden in the United States: A microsimulation analysis. Preventive Medicine 2018;111;272-279.
  • Kim D. Paid sick leave and risks of all-cause and cause-specific mortality among adult workers in the United States. International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health 2017;14(10):1247. (In the Special Issue on the Social Determinants of Health Inequities and Prevention)
  • Kim D. The associations between US state and local social spending, income inequality, and individual all-cause and cause-specific mortality: The National Longitudinal Mortality Study. Preventive Medicine 2016;84:62-68.
  • Kim D, Griffin BA, Kabeto M, Escarce J, Langa K, Shih RA. Lagged associations of metropolitan statistical area- and state-level income inequality with cognitive function: The Health and Retirement Study. PLoS One 2016;11(6):e0157327.

Selected Recent Grants as Principal Investigator

  • RF1 grant, “Identifying and Addressing Social Determinants of Health to Reduce the National Burden of and Inequities in Dementia”, National Institute of Aging, U.S. National Institutes of Health, 2023-2027 ($3,964,053 total costs)
  • R21 grant, “Comparative Assessment of Modifying Social Determinants of Health to Reduce Firearm-Related Mortality and Disparities”, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, U.S. National Institutes of Health, 2021-2023 ($431,750 total costs)
  • Tier 1 grant (Lead Principal Investigator), Northeastern University, 2019-2021
  • R01 grant, “Comparative Assessment of Modifying Social Determinants to Reduce Cardiovascular Disease Burden and Disparities”, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, U.S. National Institutes of Health, 2017-2023 ($1,197,032 total costs)
  • G13 grant, “New Horizons in Modeling and Simulation for Social Epidemiology and Public Health”, National Library of Medicine, U.S. National Institutes of Health, 2014-2017