Deborah Glik

Dr. Deborah C. Glik, Sc.D. FAAHB, is a Full Professor at the UCLA School of Public Health. She received her B.A. from Barnard College, served in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa, and completed her doctorate in behavioral sciences and public health at Johns Hopkins University in 1985. She taught at the University of South Carolina before joining UCLA in 1991. She specializes in the planning, and assessment and evaluation of public health education campaigns, material development and popular media projects. She has over 35 years of experience in conducting research on health behavior change, health communications, formative research, health and media issues, and program evaluation in a variety of settings. At present she has funded research and practice projects in both domestic and global contexts. 

Dr. Glik is skilled in the planning, implementation and evaluation of public health education campaigns, materials development and using popular media for health communication. Her program evaluation expertise comprises both quantitative and qualitative research designs. Substantive areas include disaster preparedness, immunization programs, infectious disease control, maternal and child health, injury control, and adolescent preventive care. She has created curricula for youth audiences, conducted health and media literacy research, developed multimedia materials, used social media for disease prevention, and worked on numerous risk communication and entertainment education projects. As well she has conducted research on the effectiveness of bioterrorism and emergency response system measures for local state and federal agencies, and is currently working on a national study to assess public health integration with community based organizations for disaster preparedness. 

At present she has a number of funded grants and projects and works with a number of media advocacy groups in Los Angeles who influence entertainment media production linked to health depictions. Current NIH funded research includes a project to influence adolescent health behavior using social media websites in California. An NIH Fogarty behavioral science grant with partners in Senegal West Africa is being used to develop survey research measures to assess adolescents use of internet and digital technology linked to health. She also works as a project lead on for the UCLA Center for Population Health and Health  Disparities (CPHHD) on a community based intervention to change access to healthy foods in East Los Angeles. She also has funded projects in Public Health Systems Research for Disaster Preparedness and Response (CDC).

She and colleagues are engaged in an effort to recruit Los Angeles based entertainment writers, directors and producers to provide technical assistance to improve the production quality of a new French West African television serial drama that addresses health care issues She often takes leadership roles in professional organizations and faculty governance at UCLA, serves on NIH study sections, advisory boards and reviews for academic journals. 

In her teaching and advising role Dr. Glik stresses the acquisition of practical, conceptual and analytic skills in health promotion, health communication and applied public health intervention research, so that research is focused on 'best practices', and interventions are 'evidence based'.

Center Affiliations


  • ScD, Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
  • BA, Barnard College, New York City, NY

Areas of Interest

  • Health communication research including implementation and evaluation of an FAS prevention campaign
  • Pretesting and scripting of bioterrorism preparedness messages
  • Risk communication for environmental hazards
  • Entertainment media advocacy in areas of childhood disease prevention, injury prevention, smoking, and disaster preparedness
  • Development of multimedia health curricula for children, patients, and providers

Selected Courses

  • CHS 211 AB: Program Planning Research and Evaluation for Community Health Sciences
  • CHS 282: Communication in Health Promotion and Education
  • CHS 288: Health in the Popular Media
  • CHS 292: Communication & Media Development in Health Promotion & Education
  • CHS 484: Risk Communication
  • CHS 100: Introduction to Community Health Sciences
  • Research in Media, Health and Society (Institute of Social Science Research Summer Institute)

Selected Publications

  • Sammartinova J, Eisenman, D,Glik ,D Prelip, M Stajura, Martel A. The long and winding road: Finding disaster preparedness coordinators at a national sample of local public health departments. Public Health Reports. (in press).
  • Massey, PM Prelip ML, Rideau A, Glik, DC School based HIV Prevention in Dakar Senegal : Findings from a Peer Led Program Int Quarterly of Community Health Education 33( 2) 129- 141 , 2012-2013.
  • Garcia, G, Prelip M, Glik, D, Eilers, K. Alcohol Print Ads in One Low-Income Community in Central California: Occurrence and Women’s Perceptions. Californian Journal of Health Promotion ( in press).
  • Massey, P, Prelip, M, Glik, D, Afifi, A, Calimnim, B, Nessim, S. Health literacy in the context of publicly insured health care: an expanded multidimensional measure. . American Journal of Health Behavior ( in press) .
  • Massey Philip M, Prelip Michael, Calimlim Brian M, Quiter Elaine S, Glik Deborah C Contextualizing an expanded definition of health literacy among adolescents in the health care setting. Health education research. 2012; 18(4). doi:10.1093/her/cys054 PUBmed -in process
  • Gonzales Rachel, Anglin M Douglas, Beattie Rebecca, Ong Chris Angelo, Glik Deborah C Understanding recovery barriers: youth perceptions about substance use relapse.. American journal of health behavior. 2012; 36(5): 602-14. 4 PUBmed -in process
  • Gonzales Rachel, Anglin M Douglas, Beattie Rebecca, Ong Chris Angelo, Glik Deborah C Perceptions of chronicity and recovery among youth in treatment for substance use problems.. The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine. 2012; 51(2): 144-9.
  • Stajura Michael, Glik Deborah, Eisenman David, Prelip Michael, Martel Andrea, Sammartinova Jitka Perspectives of community- and faith-based organizations about partnering with local health departments for disasters. International journal of environmental research and public health. 2012; 9(7): 2293-311.
  • Eisenman David P, Williams Malcolm V, Glik Deborah, Long Anna, Plough Alonzo L, Ong Michael The public health disaster trust scale: validation of a brief measure.. Journal of public health management and practice : JPHMP. 2012; 18(4): E11-8.
  • Langellier Brent A, Garza Jeremiah R, Glik Deborah, Prelip Michael L, Brookmeyer Ron, Roberts Christian K, Peters Anne, Ortega Alexander N Immigration Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor Awareness.. Journal of immigrant and minority health / Center for Minority Public Health. 2012; 18(4).
  • Gonzales Rachel, Ang Alfonso, Glik Deborah C, Rawson Richard A, Lee Stella, Iguchi Martin Y, Iguchi Martin Y Quality of life among treatment seeking methamphetamine-dependent individuals.. The American journal on addictions / American Academy of Psychiatrists in Alcoholism and Addictions. 2012; 20(4): 366-72.
  • Gonzales, R., Ang, A., Glik, D., Rawson, R., Lee, S., & Iguchi, M.Y.( 2011) Quality of Life among Treatment Seeking Methamphetamine-Dependent Individuals. The American Journal on Addictions, 2011 Jul-Aug;20(4):366-72. doi: 10.1111/j.1521-0391.2011.00142.x
  • Carameli, Kelley A, ,. Eisenman, David P Blevins, Joy d’Angona, Brian and. Glik, Deborah C Planning for Chronic Disease Medications in Disaster: Perspectives From Patients, Physicians, Pharmacists, and Insurers. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. November 8, 2010 as doi:10.1001/dmp.2010.46
  • Gonzales Rachel, Ang Alfonso, Marinelli-Casey Patricia, Glik Deborah C, Iguchi Martin Y, Rawson Richard A, Rawson Richard A Health-related quality of life trajectories of methamphetamine-dependent individuals as a function of treatment completion and continued care over a 1-year period.. Journal of substance abuse treatment. 2009; 37(4): 353-61.
  • Eisenman David P, Glik Deborah, Gonzalez Lupe, Maranon Richard, Zhou Qiong, Tseng Chi-Hong, Asch Steven M Improving Latino disaster preparedness using social networks.. American journal of preventive medicine. 2009; 37(6): 512-7. Murphy Sheila T, Cody Michael, Frank Lauren B, Glik Deborah, Ang Alfonso Predictors of Emergency Preparedness and Compliance.. Disaster medicine and public health preparedness. 2009; 37(4).