Sarah Gollust
Office Address:
15-232 Phillips-Wangensteen Building
Mailing Address:

420 Delaware St SE
MMC 729 Mayo
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Sarah Gollust, PhD

Professor, Division of Health Policy & Management


Affiliated Faculty, Center for the Study of Political Psychology
Affiliated Faculty, Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Member, Healthy Weight Research Center
Member, Masonic Cancer Center (MCC)
Member, Minnesota Population Center


PhD, Health Services Organization and Policy, University of Michigan, 2008
BA, Biology, Wesleyan University, 2001


Public health research identifies numerous potential opportunities to improve population health. Yet when it comes to translating this research into policies and programs to improve public health, roadblocks emerge. My work looks to examine processes through which health information gets translated into the media, shapes public attitudes and opinions, and influences the health policy process. By describing the political, social, ethical, and psychological factors that moderate this process – and often pose as barriers – my research yields insight into how communication to the public and policymakers can be more effective. I have applied this research approach to several important public health challenges, including policies to address obesity, health disparities, the Affordable Care Act, and cancer screening and prevention.


Equity, politics, public opinion, communication, media.

Awards and Recognition

  • McKnight Land-Grant Professor, University of Minnesota, 2014-2016
  • Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, 2014

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