Glen P. Mays, PhD, MPH
Endowed Professor | Director, CPHSSR
111 Washington Ave.
CPH 201
Lexington, KY 40536-0003
Contact: | 859.218.2029



Fellowship, Health Economics

Harvard Medical School


PhD, Health Policy and Administration

University of North Carolina


MPH, Health Policy and Administration

University of North Carolina


AB, Political Science

Brown University



Dr. Glen P. Mays is the Scutchfield Endowed Professor of Health Services and Systems Research in the Department of Health Management and Policy. He is also Director of the Systems for Action Research Program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Systems for Action tests strategies for aligning delivery and financing systems for medical care, public health, and social services in ways that improve population health. Dr. Mays is also founding director of the National Public Health Practice-Based Research Networks (PBRN) Program, which brings together more than 2000 state and local public health organizations from across the U.S. to conduct applied research on innovations in public health practice. He created and maintains the National Longitudinal Survey of Public Health Systems. Since 1998 , the survey has followed a nationally-representative cohort of US communities to examine inter-organizational and inter-governmental approaches to public health delivery and financing. Dr. Mays also directs the national program office for the National Health Security Preparedness Index (NHSPI), created by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Mays directs the UK Center for Public Health Systems and Services Research in the College of Public Health; he also serves as associate director of the Center for Health Services Research, based in the UK College of Medicine. Prior to joining the UK in 2011, DR. Mays served as professor and chair of the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, and was a senior health researcher at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, DC.

Research Interests:
  • Health policy
  • Preparedness
  • Health systems
  • Health economics