Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH


Director, UPenn Prevention Research Center
George A. Weiss University Professor, Perelman School of Medicine and School of Nursing

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH is George A. Weiss University Professor, Professor of Epidemiology and Nursing. She directs Penn’s Center for Health Behavior Research and (with Kevin Volpp) the CDC-funded Penn Prevention Research Center. Her research seeks to understand health behavior and improve it through education, public policy, and organizational change. A globally influential public health scholar, Dr. Glanz’s work spans psychology, epidemiology, nutrition, and other disciplines.

Dr. Glanz has published more than 440 journal articles and book chapters. Thomson Reuters named her one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015” in general social sciences, based on publishing the most highly cited papers from 2003 to 2013. The Institute for Scientific Information has named Dr. Glanz a Most Highly Cited Researcher. Her research in community and health care settings includes healthy eating, obesity prevention, cancer prevention and control, chronic disease management and control, reducing health disparities, and health communication technologies.

She was formerly (2004-2009) Candler Professor of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education; Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Research Scholar; and Director of the Emory Prevention Research Center at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta. From 1993 to 2004, she was Professor and Director of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Program at the Cancer Research Center of Hawai'i at the University of Hawai'i. From 1979 to 1993 she was a Professor in the Departments of Health Education and Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia. Dr. Glanz received her MPH (1977) and PhD (1979) degrees in health behavior and health education from the University of Michigan.