Nico Pronk, PhD, FACSM, FAWHP


HealthPartners title

Chief science officer

Other offices

Adjunct Professor for Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard School of Public Health; Visiting Research Professor in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Minnesota, School of Public Health; member of the Task Force on Community Preventive Services; member of the Roundtable for Obesity Solutions at the Institute of Medicine; and founding and past-president of the International Association for Worksite Health Promotion. He is senior editor of ACSM's Worksite Health Handbook, 2nd ed. (2009) and the author of the scientific background paper for the U.S. National Physical Activity Plan for Business and Industry.

Joined the Institute



PhD, exercise physiology, Texas A&M University; postdoctoral studies in behavioral medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh

Research highlights

Research in the areas of population health improvement, the role of physical activity in health, and the impact of multiple health behaviors on health outcomes.

Research interests/expertise

Health behavior change; population health; the role of multi-level and multi-component interventions on population health outcomes; the relationship between physical activity and health, obesity and other modifiable risk factors; and research related to the worksite setting. He is particularly interested in the role of business and industry in improving population health, the integration of health promotion with occupational safety and health, and the integration of health promotion, behavioral health, and primary care.

Current projects

  • Effectiveness of interventions that integrate health promotion and occupational safety and health
  • The association between organizational-level characteristics and individual-level health
  • Developing the business case for corporate investment in community health
  • The impact of physical activity on employee productivity
  • Evaluation of obesity prevention and treatment approaches through the application of systems sciences
  • Systematic reviews on cardiovascular disease prevention
  • Systematic reviews on diabetes prevention
  • The impact of health reporting on corporate market performance
  • Assessing the value of nonclinical, community-based prevention


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