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Preventive Medicine and Biometrics: Faculty

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799

COL Rodney L. Coldren, MC, USA

Assistant Professor and Director, Division of Tropical Public Health


Rodney L. Coldren, MD, MPH, FACPM, FAAFP. - COL Coldren received his undergraduate training in Biology and Sociology at Union College in Schenectady, NY. He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, NY. Initially trained in Family Medicine at Martin Army Community Hospital at Ft. Benning, GA, he spent four years as a staff Family Medicine Physician at Ft. Drum, NY, where he served as the OIC of the Connor Troop Medical Clinic and Chief of the Immediate Care Center, Guthrie Army Medical Clinic. COL Coldren then performed a second residency in Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, obtaining his Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD. He served as the Preventive Medicine Officer for the 2nd Infantry Division at Camp Casey, Republic of Korea and then as the Director of Emerging Infection Surveillance at the two US Army Medical Research Laboratories in Nairobi, Kenya and Bangkok, Thailand. As part of these jobs, he directed and participated in infectious disease surveillance and research in Kenya, Uganda, Cameroon, Thailand, Nepal, Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. After 7 years overseas, he returned to the US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (now US Army Public Health Command) to serve as the Director of Disease Epidemiology and, after a deployment to Iraq, now serves as the Director of Tropical Public Health at USUHS. His research interests include tropical public health, malaria epidemiology and drug resistance, arbovirus epidemiology, and neurocognitive testing following concussions. COL Coldren is board certified in General Preventive Medicine and Public Health and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine and of the American Academy of Family Physicians.


  • MD, Albany Medical College of Union University
  • MPH, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
  • B.S., Biology/Sociology, Union College of Union University


Coldren, Shrestha. "Etiology of Encephalitis in Japanese Encephalitis Virus-Negative Samples in Nepal." WRAIR #1335 Jan 2007 - Dec 2008.

Adungo, Ogolla, Prosser, Coldren. "Serosurvey of Arboviral Illnesses, Socioeconomic Determinants of Arboviral Infection, and Determination of in vivo Antimalarial Resistance in Three Distinct Districts of Kenya" WRAIR #1113 Jul - Sep 2004.

Sang, Coldren, Mbui. "Epidemiology of diarrheal illness in Kenya" WRIAR #964 Jan 2004 - Aug 2004.

Coldren, Waters, Mbui, Ocholo, Adoyo-Adoyo, Achilla. "Epidemiology of Malaria and Drug Sensitivity Patterns in Kenya" WRAIR #980 Jan 2003 - Aug 2004.

Coldren, Onsongo, Waters, Lodenyo, Mbui. "Acute, Febrile Illness Surveillance in Kenya" WRAIR #963 Nov 2002 - Aug 2004.

Shanks, Oloo, Coldren. "Epidemiology of Malaria in Kenyan Adults" WRAIR #682 May 2002 - Jul 2003.

Russell, Dretsch, Kelly, Coldren, Parish. "Assessment of Acute Concussion in a Combat Environment: Concurrent Validity, Sensitivity, and Specificity of the ANAM." Jan 2009 - April 2009.

Russell, Kelly, Coldren, Parish, Hesse. "Cohort Study Using Volunteers Enrolled in a Neuropsychological Study Performed in Iraq to Determine Predictors and Prevalence of Persistent Symptoms and Neurocognitive Deficits."

Russell, Schmid, Coldren. "A Prospective Evaluation of Blood Biomarkers and Automated QEEG for the Detection of mTBI in a Combat Zone".


  • Principles and Practices of Tropical Medicine
  • Travel Medicine
  • Human Context of Medicine

Areas of Expertise

  • Malaria Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease Surveillance
  • Outbreak Investigation
  • Travel Medicine
  • Neurocognitive testing following Concussion

Selected Recent Publications

Morey LC, Lowmaster SE, Coldren RL, Kelly MP, Parish RV, Russell ML, 2010. Personality Assessment Inventory Profiles of Deployed Combat Troops: An Emperical Investigation of Normative Performance. Accepted to Psychological Assess.

Spalding MD, Eyase F, Akala H, Bedno SA, Prigge ST, Coldren RL, Moss WJ, Waters, NC, 2010. Increased prevalence of the pfdhfr/phdhps quintuple mutant and rapid emergence of pfdhps resistance mutations at codons 581 and 613 in Kisumu, Kenya. Malar J 9:338.

Kortepeter MG, Seaworth BJ, Tasker SA, Burgess TH, Coldren RL, Aronson NE, 2010. Healthcare Worker/Researcher Travelers to Developing World Clinical Settings: Disease Transmission Risk and Mitigation. CID 51(11): 1298-1305.

Coldren RL, Kelly MP, Parish RV, Dretsch M, Russell ML, 2010. Evaluation of the Military Acute Concussion Evaluation (MACE) for Use in Combat Operations More Than 12 Hours After Injury. Milit Med 175(7): 477-481.

Onyango CO, Opoka ML, Ksiazek TG, Formenty P, Ahmed A, Tukei PM, Sang RC, Ofula VO, Konongoi SL, Coldren RL, Grein T, Legros D, Bell M, DeCock KM, Bellini WJ, Towner JS, Nichol ST, Rollin PE, 2007. Laboratory diagnosis of Ebola hemorrhagic fever during an outbreak in Yambio, Sudan 2004. J Infect Dis 196 Suppl 2: S193-8.

Coldren RL, Jongsakul K, Vayakornvichit S, Noedl H, Fukuda MM, 2007. Apparent relapse of imported plasmodium ovale in a pregnant female. Am J Trop Med Hyg 77(5): 992-994.

Coldren RL, Prosser T, Ogolla F, Ofula VO, Adungo N, 2006. Literacy and recent history of diarrhoea are predictive of Plasmodium falciparum parasitaemia in Kenyan adults. Malar J 5: 96.

Sang R, Onyango C, Gachoya J, Mabinda E, Konongoi S, Ofula V, Dunster L, Okoth F, Coldren R, Tesh R, da Rossa AT, Finkbeiner S, Wang D, Crabtree M, Miller B, 2006. Tickborne arbovirus surveillance in market livestock, Nairobi, Kenya. Emerg Infect Dis 12: 1074-80.

Mbaisi A, Liyala P, Eyase F, Achilla R, Akala H, Wangui J, Mwangi J, Osuna F, Alam U, Smoak BL, Davis JM, Kyle DE, Coldren RL, Mason C, Waters NC, 2004. Drug susceptibility and genetic evaluation of Plasmodium falciparum isolates obtained in four distinct geographical regions of Kenya. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 48: 3598-601.

Onyango CO, Ofula VO, Sang RC, Konongoi SL, Sow A, De Cock KM, Tukei PM, Okoth FA, Swanepoel R, Burt FJ, Waters NC, Coldren RL, 2004. Yellow fever outbreak, Imatong, southern Sudan. Emerg Infect Dis 10: 1063-8.

Professional Activities

  • American College of Preventive Medicine
  • American Academy of Family Medicine
  • American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
  • International Society of Travel Medicine