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Thomas Glass, PhD

  • Faculty Associate, Johns Hopkins Population Center
  • Senior Associate Member, Johns Hopkins Center on Aging and Health
  • Core Faculty, Global Obesity Prevention Center
  • Professor

Departmental Affiliations

  • Epidemiology (Primary)
    • Division: General Epidemiology and Methodology

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Information

615 N. Wolfe Street, E6144
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


Personal website:


PhD, Duke University, 1989
MA, Duke University


Dr. Glass is a social epidemiologist with broad interests in the role of social and behavioral factors in population health. He has conducted research on social support, social networks and social engagement and how they impact health and functioning in older adults. He has conducted intervention studies in older adults to improve functioning.  He is working to develop and test a new real-time data acquisition system to measure social, physical and cognitive function using sensors. Other recent work explores the characteristics of the built and social environments and how they impact a variety of health outcomes including obesity.  He is now exploring the use of systems science methods for understanding a variety of population-level health related processes including obesity and alcohol policy.  He is a core faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Global Obesity Prevention Center where he directs Project 1, a multilevel investigation of the determinants of childhood obesity in Pennsylvania.  He is a Senior Associate Member of the Center on Aging and Health.

He is involved in multiple roles in teaching.  He is co-director on the NIA funded Epidemiology and Biostatistics of Aging training grant.  He co-directs the Education and Training core of the U54 funded Global Obesity Prevention Center.  He is also coordinator of the advanced epidemiology methods sequence within the Department of Epidemiology.  He is faculty sponsor of the social epidemiology journal club and directs the Baltimore Neighborhood Research Consortium ( for the advancement of neighborhood research in the Baltimore area.

Honors and Awards

Brookdale National Fellow

Golden Apple Award, small class

  • social epidemiology, chronic disease epidemiology, aging, behavior and health, neighborhoods, cerebrovascular disease, disaster epidemiology, bioterrorism, obesity

Selected peer-reviewed publications, last 5 years

  • 2014   Fallah-Fini S, Rahmandad H, Huang TT-K, Bures RM, Glass TA. Modeling U.S. adult obesity trends: A system dynamics model for estimating energy imbalance gap. American Journal of Public Health. Vol  104 (7) pp. 1230-39.

  • 2014   Bai J, He B, Shou H, Zipunnikov V, Glass TA, Crainiceanu CM. Normalization and extraction of interpretable metrics from raw accelerometry data. Biostatistics Vol. 15 (1) pp. 102-16.

  • 2013 Glass TA, Goodman SN, Hernán MA, Samet JM. Causal inference in public healthAnnual Review of Public Health Vol. 34 pp. 61-75.

  • 2011   Schwartz J, Bellinger D, Glass TAExpanding the scope of environmental risk assessment to better Include differential vulnerability and susceptibilityAmerican Journal of Public Health Vol. 101 pp. S88-S93.

  • 2009   Huang TT, Drewnosksi A, Kumanyika S, Glass TA. A systems-oriented multilevel framework for addressing obesity in the 21st century. Prev Chronic Dis Vol. 6 (3) p. A82.