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Justin  Moore, PhD, MPH - Augusta University. Augusta , GA, US

Justin Moore, PhD, MPH Justin  Moore, PhD, MPH

Epidemiologist in the Department of Population Health Sciences | Augusta University


A global leader in epidemiology and research in tracing the spread of COVID-19 among minorities.



Dr. Moore is an epidemiologist with vast skills in biostatistics, epidemiology, database design, geographic information systems (GIS), mediation analysis, and cancer prevention and control. Dr. Moore serves as an Assistant Professor in the Cancer Prevention, Control, & Population Health Program, Department of Medicine; and the Institute of Public and Preventive Health at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Dr. Moore’s research explores the intersection between race (including effects of racism) and place (social and built environment) on various health outcomes including cancer and infectious diseases. Dr. Moore’s work delineated that place matters for African American, Hispanic, and rural populations characterized by hot spots of excess mortality from breast cancer, lung cancer, early-onset colorectal cancer, sepsis, and COVID-19. Dr. Moore’s current research interests lie in understanding the effects of race and place on determinants of breast cancer including breast cancer screening, mammographic density, life-course stress, and DNA methylation.

Areas of Expertise (6)

Cancer Prevention and Control

geographical information systems


epidemiologic methodology

Database Design

Mediation Analysis

Education (3)

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Doctoral, Epidemiology

University of Alabama at Birmingham: Master's degree, Epidemiology

Hampshire College: Bachelor's degree

Affiliations (4)

  • American Public Health Association (APHA)
  • American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER)
  • Golden Key National Honor Society

Media Appearances (10)

When it comes to breast cancer deaths, place and race matter

St. Louis Public Radio (NPR)  

For breast cancer patients, race and geography can mean the difference between surviving and succumbing.

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Cancer Hot Spots Identified in Southeast Missouri

Illinois Public Radio  

Washington University researchers have identified specific areas of the country where women are much more likely to die from breast cancer.

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“Study finds breast-cancer hot spot in Southeast Missouri”

Southeast Missourian  

An in-depth look into the areas with the highest rates of breast cancer.

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Where you live could impact your colon cancer risk

WJBF  tv


The death of actor Chadwick Boseman put a spotlight colon cancer and the fact that it is a disease that does not discriminate. In fact, hot spots are showing up across the country, and younger more younger adults are being diagnosed. Dr. Justin Moore, an epidemiologist at the Medical College of Georgia is on hand to talk about the signs and symptoms of colon cancer, and what you can do to lead a healthy life for yourself and your loved ones.

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States reopening adds heavy weight to rise in COVID-19 cases

WRDW  tv


With more people getting tested, of course, we're going to see those numbers go up. But experts say increased testing isn’t the only factor in the rise of COVID-19 cases.

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Medical College of Georgia researching who is vaccine hesitant

WJBF  tv


A week before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted emergency use authorization to Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, researchers at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) began surveying CSRA residents

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Black men's organization hosts COVID-19 relief events

U.S. News & World Report  


Aware of the devastating and disproportionate impact COVID-19 is having on the Black community, the local chapter of a prominent Black men’s group is helping with resources like masks and hand sanitizer, where to seek financial relief and also the opportunity to join an innovative study for those at higher risk that will offer them free testing.

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I-TEAM: Deadly cancer hotspots uncovered across the CSRA

WRDW  tv


Groundbreaking research 20 years in the making. A local epidemiologist and doctor finds cancer hotspots here in the CSRA and beyond across the state of Georgia. These hotspots specifically look at some of the deadliest cancers: breast, colon, prostate, and lung cancer. The ITEAM exposes what local counties have the greatest risk of deadly cancers and what you can do about it. Dr. Justin Xavier Moore combed through two decades worth of data on cancer deaths in every single county in Georgia, all 159 of them, and even he was surprised by what he found. “I didn’t know it was going to be that many clusters within like the CSRA.”

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MCG study shows lifelong stress can lead to cancer

WRDW  tv


New studies say the wear and tear on the body, and lifelong stress can increase your risk of dying from cancer. Your body releases hormones during stressful times. Once the stress is gone, the levels should go down. But a study found this is not the case for everyone. Stress is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. A study from doctors at the Medical College of Georgia shows a direct connection between death and dying from cancer. Dr. Justin x. Moore says in some cases, race can play a role as well.

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JENNIE: Chronic, lifelong stress can increase risk of dying from cancer

WJBF  tv


New research from the Medical College of Georgia shows the wear and tear on the body, from chronic and lifelong stress, can lead to an increased risk of dying from cancer. The study looked at the cumulative effects of stress over time. Dr. Justin Xavier Moore, epidemiologist at the Medical College of Georgia and Georgia Cancer Center, led the study. He breaks down more details with Jennie

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Articles (5)

The epidemiology of firework-related injuries in the United States:


Moore JX, McGwin G Jr, Griffin RL.

The purpose of this study is to examine the epidemiology of firework-related injuries among an emergency department (ED) nationally representative population of the United States for the years 2000-2010, including whether the type of firework causing the injury is differential by patient demographics and whether the severity of injury is associated with the firework type.

Epidemiology of High-Heel Shoe Injuries in U.S. Women:


Moore JX, Lambert B, Jenkins GP, McGwin G Jr.

The purpose of the present study was to investigate the epidemiology of high-heel–related injuries among a nationally representative population of women in the United States and to analyze the demographic differences within this group.

Black-white racial disparities in sepsis: a prospective analysis of the Reasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke

PubMed Central

Moore JX, Donnelly JP, Griffin R, Safford MM, Howard G, Baddley J, Wang HE.

Sepsis is a major public health problem. Prior studies using hospital-based data describe higher rates of sepsis among black than whites participants. We sought to characterize racial differences in incident sepsis in a large cohort of adult community-dwelling adults.

Researchers pinpoint rural Georgia counties as hotspots for death from four common cancers

News Medical Life Sciences

Justin Moore


Georgia counties with the highest mortality rates from four common cancers tended to be more rural, have higher poverty rates, have a higher percentage of Black residents and/or older individuals, according to researchers at the state's public medical school and Georgia Cancer Center. Georgia's hotspots for death from breast, prostate, colorectal and lung cancer over a 20-year period from 1999 to 2019 were concentrated in the eastern Piedmont to the southern-most Coastal Plain regions, as well as the southwestern rural and northern-most rural areas, says Dr. Justin Xavier Moore, epidemiologist at the Medical College of Georgia and Georgia Cancer Center.

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Understanding geographic and racial/ethnic disparities in mortality from four major cancers in the state of Georgia: a spatial epidemiologic analysis, 1999–2019

Scientific Reports

Justin Xavier Moore, Martha S. Tingen, Steven S. Coughlin, Christine O’Meara, Lorriane Odhiambo, Marlo Vernon, Samantha Jones, Robert Petcu, Ryan Johnson, K. M. Islam, Darryl Nettles, Ghadeer Albashir & Jorge Cortes


We examined geographic and racial variation in cancer mortality within the state of Georgia, and investigated the correlation between the observed spatial differences and county-level characteristics. We analyzed county-level cancer mortality data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on breast, colorectal, lung, and prostate cancer mortality among adults (aged ≥ 18 years) in 159 Georgia counties from years 1999 through 2019.

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