Delcher, Chris

DAssistant Professor
Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics

(352) 294-5976

Clinical and Translational Research Building
2004 Mowry Road, Suite 2237
PO Box 100177
Gainesville, FL 32610-0177


  • Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of Florida
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • B.S., Biology, Florida State University

Professional Biography

Chris Delcher is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics at the University of Florida. His current projects include evaluating prescription drug monitoring programs and the role in reducing prescription drug abuse, identifying and characterizing Medicaid superutilizers and the prescription drug related outcomes associated with multiple provider episodes, and implementing and evaluating surveillance systems in high and low resource environments.

Chris Delcher CV

Recent News


  • Peterson A.B., Gladden R.M., Delcher C., Spies E., Garcia-Williams A., Wang Y., Halpin J., Zibbell J., McCarty C.L., DeFiore-Hyrmer J., DiOrio M., Goldberger B.A. (2016) Increases in Fentanyl-Related Overdose Deaths — Florida and Ohio, 2013-2015. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2016 Aug 26;65(33):844-9. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm6533a3.PubMed PMID: 27560948.
  • Delcher C, Wang Y, Wagenaar AC, Goldberger BA, Cook RL, Maldonado-Molina MM. Prescription and Illicit Opioid Deaths and the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program in Florida. Am J Public Health. 2016 Jun;106(6):e10-1. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2016.303104. PubMed PMID: 27153025.
  • Lee D, Delcher C, Maldonado-Molina MM, Thogmartin JR, Goldberger BA. Manners of Death in Drug-Related Fatalities in Florida. Journal of Forensic Sciences. March 2016:n/a-n/a. doi:10.1111/1556-4029.12999.
  • Delcher C, Puttkammer N, Arnoux R, Francois K, Griswold M, Zaidi I, Patrice Joseph YA, Marston BJ. Validating Procedures used to Identify Duplicate Reports in Haiti’s National HIV/AIDS Case Surveillance System. J Registry Manag. 2016 Spring;43(1):10-5. PubMed PMID: 27195993.
  • Yang C., Delcher C., Shenkman E.A., and Ranka S. (2016) Predicting 30-Day All-Cause Readmissions from Hospital Inpatient Discharge Data. International Conference on E-health Networking, Application & Services (HealthCom) (accepted).


  • Dechler, C (Principal Investigator), Goldberger B.A. (Co-PI), Reisfield G., Bian, J., Shenkman, E.A. Data-Driven Responses to Prescription Drug Abuse. Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice. Award amount: $600,000.
  • Delcher, C (Principal Investigator). Enhancing Data Analysis for Haiti’s HIV/AIDS Surveillance System.  National Alliance for State and Territorial AIDS Directors.  Award amount: $51,000
  • Delcher, C (Principal Investigator), Betsy Shenkman, Sanjay Ranka. New Collaboration to Increase the Development of Computable Phenotypes for Improving Health Outcomes.  University of Florida Informatics Institute. Award amount: $50,000.
  • Delcher, C (Principal Investigator), Betsy Shenkman. Characterizing Populations with Severe Mental Illness. Texas Department of State Health Services. Award amount: $5,000.
  • Delcher, C (Principal Investigator), Maldonado-Molina M,Estrella R , Hall J. Geographic Distribution of Premature Births in Florida, 2015.
  • Delcher, C (Co-Principal Investigator), Goldberger, BA. Seizing the momentum: a Multidisciplinary Approach to Reducing Prescription Drug Abuse in Florida, 2015-2016. Bureau of Justice Assistance. Award amount: $400,000.


Courses Taught

  • GMS 6822: Measuring and Analyzing Health Outcomes (Spring 2015)
  • GMS 6844: Experimental and Quasi-experimental Research Designs for Community Settings (Spring 2016 and Spring 2017)