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 aims to conduct research that informs public health policy and practice. I have led or collaborated on over 20 studies related to public health or policy approaches to improving diet for prevention of obesity and other chronic diseases. Also, I direct the 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

  • •2017–2020, Arnold Ventures, “Effects of Subsidies and Prohibitions on Household Nutrition in a Food Benefit Program”, Principal Investigator
  • 2017-2020, NIH through a subcontract with Harvard University, “Dietary Etiologies of Heart Disease”, Principal Investigator of Subcontract
  • 2018–2020, Nestle through a subcontract with Research Triangle Institute, " FITS Research Partnership in Brazil”, Principal Investigator of Subcontract
  • 2017-2019, National Multiple Sclerosis Society through a subcontract with the University of Iowa “Dietary Approaches to Treat Multiple Sclerosis-Related Fatigue Study”, Principal Investigator of Subcontract
  • 2017-2020, Nestle, “Effects of Myelin-Relevant Nutrients in Infant Formula”, Principal Investigator of Subcontract
  • 2018-2023, NIH, “A Natural Experiment Evaluation of the Effect of a Minimum Wage Increase on Obesity and Diet-related Outcomes”, Co-Investigator
  • 2014–2019, NIH, "Maternal Obesity, Breast Milk Composition, and Infant Growth", Co-Investigator


See a full list of publications on PubMed

Selected Publications

  • 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
  • Honors MA, Harnack LJ, Zhou X, Steffen LM. "Trends in fatty acid intake of adults in the Minneapolis-St Paul, MN Metropolitan Area, 1980-1982 through 2007-2009," Journal of the American Heart Association, Oct 2014
  • Rudelt A, French S, Harnack L. "Fourteen-year trends in sodium content of menu offerings at eight leading fast-food restaurants in the USA," Public Health Nutrition, Aug 2014
  • Meyer K, Harnack LJ, Luepker RV, Zhou X, Jacobs D, Steffen L. "Twenty-two year population trends in sodium and potassium consumption: the Minnesota heart survey," Journal of the American Heart Association, 2013
  • Hearst MO, Harnack LJ, Bauer KW, Earnest AA, French SA, Michael Oakes J. "Nutritional quality at eight U.S. fast-food chains: 14-year trends," American Journal of Preventive Medicine, June 2013



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)