Karen Kuntz, ScD

Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management

Karen Kuntz

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-625-9333

Office Address:
D360 Mayo

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St SE
MMC 729 Mayo
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management

Co-Leader Screening, Prevention, Etiology and Cancer Survivorship (SPECS) Program, Masonic Cancer Center (MCC)

ScD, Biostatistics, Harvard University, 1993

MS, Biostatistics, Harvard University, 1990

BA, Biology, University of California-Santa Cruz, 1983


My expertise is in the field of medical decision making, which includes the use of simulation modeling to evaluate clinical and public health strategies; the description of biases that can occur in disease modeling; the evaluation of trends in colorectal cancer incidence and mortality; statistical evaluation of the obesity epidemic; and the impact of disparities in cancer-related outcomes. 


Chronic diseases, methods, decision analysis, simulation modeling, cost-effectiveness analysis, cancer screening

Awards & Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health


Research Funding Grants

  • 2015–2017, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, "Comparative Modeling of Colorectal Cancer: Informing Health Policies and Prioritizing Future Research," Principal Investigator
  • 2011–2017, Fox Chase Cancer Center, "Comparative Effectiveness of Virtual and Optical Colonoscopy for CRC Surveillance," Principal Investigator
  • 2014–2019, NIH NCI, "Cancer Center Support Grant," Co-Investigator


See a full list of publications on PubMed

Selected Recent Publications

  • Jutkowitz E, Kuntz KM, Dowd B, Gaugler JE, MacLehose RF, Kane RL. "Effects of cognition, function, and behavioral and psychological symptoms on out-of-pocket medical and nursing home expenditures and time spent caregiving for persons with dementia," Alzheimer's & Dementia, Feb 2017
  • Kuntz KM. "Decision Modeling for Cost-Utility Analysis," Value in Health, Sept 2016
  • Kuntz KM, Zauber AG, Knudsen AB, Rutter CM, Lansdorp-Vogelaar I, Berger BM, Levin B. "A restricted look at CRC screening: not considering annual stool testing as an option," AJMC, July 2016
  • Rutter CM, Knudsen AB, Marsh TL, Doria-Rose VP, Johnson E, Pabiniak C, Kuntz KM, van Ballegooijen M, Zauber AG, Lansdorp-Vogelaar I. "Validation of Models Used to Inform Colorectal Cancer Screening Guidelines: Accuracy and Implications," Medical Decision Making, July 2016
  • Knudsen AB, Zauber AG, Rutter CM, Naber SK, Doria-Rose VP, Pabiniak C, Johanson C, Fischer SE, Lansdorp-Vogelaar I, Kuntz KM. "Estimation of Benefits, Burden, and Harms of Colorectal Cancer Screening Strategies: Modeling Study for the US Preventive Services Task Force," JAMA, June 2016


Teaching Areas

I am the program director for the Health Services Research, Policy & Administration PhD and teach and advise within the program. 


  • PubH 6809, Advanced Methods in Health Decision Science 
  • \PubH 8830, Writing for Research


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