George A. Weiss University Professor
Professor of Nursing, School of Nursing
Professor of Epidemiology, Perelman School of Medicine
Senior Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Adjunct Professor, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Karen Glanz seeks to understand health behavior and improve it by educating and informing people and through public policy and organizational change. A globally influential public health scholar, Dr. Glanz’s work spans psychology, epidemiology, nutrition, and other disciplines.

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. Dr. Glanz’s research about understanding, measuring, and improving healthy food environments has been widely recognized and replicated.

“My research, policy work, and teaching focus on improving the health of communities and creating environments that help people make healthy decisions.”


  • PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1979
  • MPH, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1977
  • BA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1974