Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH



Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH

George A. Weiss University Professor

Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, is George A. Weiss University Professor, Professor in the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Nursing, and Director of the UPenn Prevention Research Center, at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is Associate Director for Community-Engaged Research and Program Co-Leader for the Cancer Control Program, at the Abramson Cancer Center at UPenn. 

Her research in community and healthcare settings focuses on obesity, nutrition, and the built environment; reducing health disparities; and health communication technologies.  She has published over 500 articles and chapters, and is lead Editor on five editions of the widely used text, Health Behavior: Theory, Research and Practice (Jossey-Bass/Wiley: 1990, 1996, 2002, 2008, 2015).  Her research and publications about understanding, measuring and improving healthy food environments, beginning in the 1980’s, have been widely recognized and replicated. 

She served on the NHLBI Advisory Council from 2017-2021 and served on the US Task Force on Community Preventive Services for 10 years.  Dr. Glanz was elected to membership in the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences (previously known as the Institute of Medicine) in 2013.  She has an H-index of 103 and was designated a Highly Cited Author by ISIHighlyCited.com, in the top 0.5% of authors in her field over a 20-year period, from 2006 to the present.  She was designated as one of The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015 by Thomson Reuters.


Adherence, cancer epidemiology, nutrition, prevention, psychosocial, public health, cancer screening, skin-cancer prevention


Clinical trials, inter-rater reliability, measurement-error problems, spatial data, validation of behavioral measures



University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
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B.A. (With Distinction, in Spanish)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1974.
M.P.H. (Health Behavior and Health Education)
University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, 1977.
Ph.D. (Health Behavior and Health Education)
University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies, Ann Arbor, 1979.


Center for Health Behavior Research

UPenn Prevention Research Center

Nutrition Environment Measures Survey (NEMS)

Community Engagement and Research Core

Perelman School of Medicine

Penn Nursing

Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics


Glanz K, Metcalfe JJ, Folta SC, Brown A, Fiese B. Diet and Health Benefits Associated with In-Home Eating and Sharing Meals at Home: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021;18(4):1577.

Guerra CE, Kelly S, Redlinger C, Hernandez P, Glanz K.  Pancreatic cancer treatment trials accrual:  A closer look at participation rates.  Amer J Clin Oncology, 2021, in press.

Glanz K, Chung A, Morales KH, Kwong PL, Wiebe D, Giordano DP, Brensinger CM, Karpyn A. The Healthy Food Marketing Strategies Study: Design, baseline characteristics and supermarket compliance. Translational Behavioral Medicine. 2020 Dec 31;10(6):1266-1276

Bleakley A, Tam V, Orchinik J, Glanz K.  How individual and neighborhood characteristics relate to health topic awareness and information seeking. Social Science and Medicine – Population Health. 2020;(12):100657.

Glanz K, Fenoglio C, Quinn R, Karpyn A, Giordano DP.  Consumers’ ability to distinguish between milk types:  results of blind taste testing.  Family and Community Health, 2020 Oct 9. [Epub ahead of print].

Glanz K, Green S, Avelis J, Melvin CL.  Putting Evidence Academies into Action: Prostate Cancer, Nutrition, and Tobacco Control Science. Preventive Medicine, 2019; 129; 105848.

Glanz K, Shaw P, Hoffer K, Chung A, Zhu J, Wu R, Huang Q, Choi J, Volpp K.  The Healthy Weigh Study of Lottery-based Incentives and Environmental Strategies for Weight Loss: Design and Baseline Characteristics. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 2019; 76: 24-30.

Glanz K, Jordan A, Lazovich DA, Bleakley A.  Frequent Indoor Tanners’ Beliefs About Indoor Tanning and Cessation. American Journal of Health Promotion, 33(2): 293-299, 2019.

Saelens B, Glanz K, Frank L, Couch S, Zhou C, Colburn T, Sallis JF.  Two-Year Changes in Child Weight Status, Diet, and Activity by Neighborhood Nutrition and Physical Activity Environment. Obesity, 26: 1338-1346, 2018.

Schnoll R, Kelly S, Miele A, Glanz K. Characterizing tobacco use in an American Cancer Center’s Catchment Area can help direct future research priorities. J Cancer Research and Therapy, 6(5): 32-36, 2018.

Ho R, Glanz K. "Sudden death during triathlons: the heart of the swim.” Annals of Internal Medicine, 167:589-590, 2017.

Glanz K, Johnson L, Yaroch A, Phillips M, Ayala G, Davis E.  Measures of Retail Food Store Environments and Sales:   Review and Implications for Healthy Eating Initiatives. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 48: 280-288, 2016.  Recognized as one of the “most read/downloaded” JNEB articles, second quarter 2016. Recognized by JNEB as a ‘high-impact paper’ based on citations, 2019.

Glanz K, Handy SL, Henderson KE, Slater SJ, Davis E, Powell LM.  Built Environment Assessment:  Multidisciplinary Perspectives. Social Science and Medicine: Population Health, 2: 24-31, 2016.

Green SH, Glanz K. Development of the Perceived Nutrition Environment Measures Survey (NEMS-P). American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 49: 50-61, 2015.

Methodology Specialties


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