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About Glen Mays

Glen Mays studies delivery and financing systems for population health improvement, with a focus on estimating the health and economic effects of these systems. He serves as professor and chair of the Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy at the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado. As part of this work, he directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Systems for Action National Program Office, which studies ways of aligning medical care, public health, and social service systems in ways that improve health and wellbeing. Mays established the National Longitudinal Survey of Public Health Systems, which since 1998 has followed a nationally representative cohort of U.S. communities to examine the implementation and impact of multi-organizational public health and prevention strategies. Mays also directs the National Health Security Preparedness Index program for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which studies health system readiness for disasters, outbreaks and other large-scale health hazards. He earned a A.B. degree in political science from Brown University, M.P.H. and Ph.D. degrees in health services research from UNC-Chapel Hill, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health economics at Harvard Medical School.


Present Professor and Chair, Department of Health Systems, Management & Policy, University of Colorado ‐ Colorado School of Public Health

Research Interests

Public health economics, Health services research, and Practice-based research networks

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Contact Information

Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy
Colorado School of Public Health
University of Colorado | Anschutz Medical Campus
13001 17th Place, Mail Stop B119
Aurora, CO 80045


Presentations and Lectures (221)