Christian L Coles


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
Scientific Director, Military Health System Response to COVID-19 (MiHReC19) project
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Access to healthcare, health equity, health outcomes, health system resiliency, respiratory infections, disease prevention & control
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BS - Systems Engineering; Boston University, Boston, MA
MPH- Sociomedical Sciences; Columbia University, New York, NY
PhD- International Health- Global Disease Epidemiology & Control; Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
PDF- Pediatric Infectious Diseases/Nutrition; Soroka University Medical Center/Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel


Christian Coles is an epidemiologist who serves as the Scientific Director for the Military Health System Response to COVID-19 (MiHReC19) project in the Center for Health Services Research (CHSR) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, Inc. His research encompasses a range of interdisciplinary studies designed to inform clinical practices and health care policies, improve health outcomes, increase access to health care and promote health equity. Dr. Coles has more than 20 years of experience conducting research focused on reducing morbidity and mortality in underserved communities in the United States, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.

Representative Bibliography

Pomer A, Munigala S, Coles CL, Mitro JP, Schoenfeld AJ, Weissman JS, Koehlmoos TP. The response of the Military Health System (MHS) to the COVID-19 pandemic: a summary of findings from MHS reviews. Health Res Policy Syst. 2024 Jan 8;22(1):5.

Mani V, Pomer A, Madsen C, Coles CL, Schoenfeld AJ, Weissman JS, Koehlmoos TP. Filling the Gaps in the Pandemic Response: Impact of COVID-19 on Telehealth in the Military Health System. Telemed J E Health. 2023 Dec 21.

Munigala S, Schoenfeld AJ, Mani V, Banaag A, Umoh A, Coles CL, Koehlmoos TP. Disparities in the use of colorectal cancer screening in a universally insured population during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cancer Med. 2023 Sep;12(17):18201-18210. doi: 10.1002/cam4.6400.

Mani V, Banaag A, Munigala S, Umoh A, Schoenfeld AJ, Coles CL, Koehlmoos TP. Trends in breast cancer screening during the COVID-19 pandemic within a universally insured health system in the United States, 2017-2022. Cancer Med. 2023 Sep;12(18):19126-19136.

Andronescu LR, Richard SA, Laing ED, Pisanic N, Coggins SA, Rivera MG, Kruczynski K, Saperstein AK, Modi J, Fraser JA, Shaikh S, Broder CC, Burgess TH, Heaney CD, Pollett SD, Millar E, Coles CL, Simons MP. Evaluating SARS-CoV-2 Saliva and Dried Blood Spot Surveillance Strategies in a Congregate Population. Emerg Infect Dis. 2023 Sep;29(9):1925-1928.

Richard SA, Fairchok M, Coles C, Burgess TH, Colombo RE. Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness: Analysis of the Impact of Repeated Vaccinations in Military Health System Beneficiaries. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2022 Sep 29;9(10):ofac497.

Danaher PJ, Phillips M, Schmitt P, Richard SA, Millar EV, White BK, Okulicz JF, Coles CL, Burgess TH. Breath Biomarkers of Influenza Infection. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2022 Sep 21;9(10):ofac489. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofac489. Erratum in: Open Forum Infect Dis. 2022 Nov 08;9(11):ofac590.

Richard SA, Danaher PJ, White B, Mende K, Colombo RE, Burgess TH, Coles CL. Respiratory Infections Are More Common Than Healthcare Records Indicate: Results From an Anonymous Survey. Mil Med. 2022 Feb 3;188(7-8):e1941–7.

Coles C, Millar EV, Burgess T, Ottolini MG. The Acute Respiratory Infection Consortium: A Multi-Site, Multi-Disciplinary Clinical Research Network in the Department of Defense. Mil Med. 2019 Nov 1;184(Suppl 2):44-50. doi: 10.1093/milmed/usz174.

Coles C, Ottolini MG. Infectious Disease Clinical Research Program: Building the Bench. Mil Med. 2019 Nov 1;184(Suppl 2):66-70.