Lisa Harnack, DrPH, RD, MPH

Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health

Lisa Harnack

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-9398

Office Address:
300 West Bank Office Building

Mailing Address:
1300 S 2nd St
Room 300 West Bank Office Building
Minneapolis, MN 55454

DrPH, Public Health Nutrition, University of California Berkeley

MPH, Public Health Nutrition, University of California Berkeley

BS, Dietetics, University of Wisconsin-Stout

AA, Rochester Community College


I am a nutritional epidemiologist who conducts research to identify policies and programs that improve nutrition and health for all. In addition, I direct the University of Minnesota Nutrition Coordinating Center, a center that provides software and services that support the dietary assessment needs of hundreds of researchers across the U.S.


Food & nutrition, obesity prevention, dietary assessment, nutritional epidemiology, food & nutrient databases, nutrition surveillance, public health nutrition


Research Funding Grants

  • 2020-2025, NIH, "Prolonged Daily Fasting as a Viable Alternative to Caloric Restriction in At-Risk Obese Humans", Co-Investigator
  • 2020-2021, USDA through a subcontract with Baylor University, "Evaluation of the Nutritional Quality of the Emergency Meals-to-You Program (eMTY)", Principal Investigator of Subcontract
  • 2020-2025, NIH, "Maternal Obesity, Breast Milk Consumption, and Infant Growth", Co-Investigator
  • 2020-2021, NIH through a subcontract with the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, "Evaluating the Implementation and Scale-Up of Nigeria National Sodium Reduction Program, Principal Investigator of Subcontract
  • 2020-2023, USDA through a subcontract with University of California Davis, "WHNRC Fiber Intervention Study", Principal Investigator of Subcontract
  • 2020-2022, CEHD UMN, “The Roles of Acculturation and Media in the Nutrition of Immigrant and Refugee Families”, Co-Investigator
  • 2019-2023, NIH through a subcontract with Johns Hopkins University, Evaluating a Healthy Restaurant Kids Meal Policy, Principal Investigator of Subcontract
  • 2019-2023, NIH through a subcontract with East Carolina University, “Examining Validity and Sensitivity of Pressure-mediate Reflection Spectroscopy as a measure of fruit and vegetable consumption in a diverse community”, Co-Investigator
  • 2018-2023, NIH, “A Natural Experiment Evaluation of the Effect of a Minimum Wage Increase on Obesity and Diet-related Outcomes”, Co-Investigator


See a full list of publications on PubMed

Selected Publications

Jashti B, Pettit J, Harnack L. Addition of gluten values to a food and nutrient database. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis. 2019.

Harnack L, Valluri S, French S. Importance of the Supplmental Nutrition Assistance Program in rural America. American Journal of Public Health 2019.

Laska MN, Caspi CE, Lenk K, Moe SG, Pelletier JE, Harnack LJ, Erickson DJ. Evaluation of the first U.S. staple foods ordinance: impact on nutritional quality of food store offerings, customer purchases and home food environments. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act 2019.

Nanney MS, Leduc R, Hearst M, Shanafelt A, Wang Q, Schroeder M, Grannon KY, Kubik MY, Caspi C, Harnack LJ. A Group Randomized Intervention Trial Increases Participation in the School Breakfast Program in 16 Rural High Schools in Minnesota. J Acad Nutr Diet

Rooney MR, Harnack L, Michos ED, Ogilvie RP, Sempos CT, Lutsey PL. "Trends in use of high-dose vitamin D supplements exceeding 1000 or 4000 International Units daily, 1999 2014." JAMA 2017.

Harnack LJ, Cogswell ME, Shikany JM, Gardner CD, Gillespie C, Loria CM, Zhou X, Juan K, Steffen L. "Sources of sodium in US adults from 3 geographic regions." Circulation 2017.

Harnack L, Oakes JM, Elbel B, Beatty T, Rydell S, French S. "Effects of Subsidies and Prohibitions on Nutrition in a Food Benefit Program: A Randomized Clinical Trial," JAMA Internal Medicine, Nov 2016



PubH 6933, Nutrition and Chronic Diseases


In The News

SPH News

In the Media

  • Too much sodium is unhealthy, and some favorite foods are a problem (Teen Kids News)
  • Does posting calorie counts change what we order? (WCCO-TV)
  • Too much sodium is unhealthy, and some favorite foods are a problem (Washington Post)
  • Looking to cut back on salt? Study says don’t start with the shaker (Reuters)