Julie Kornfeld, PhD, MPH is Vice Dean for Education and Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. An expert in pedagogic innovations and professional training for public health leaders, Dr. Kornfeld provides academic guidance for the Mailman School's education portfolio, which enrolls more than 1400 students from around the world in doctoral and master's degree programs. As Vice Dean, she leads the Columbia MPH, a curricular standard-bearer for graduate education that presents all students with an interdisciplinary approach to public health science, and directs a range of support services, including admissions and financial aid, student affairs, and career services.
Dr. Kornfeld previously served as Assistant Dean of Public Health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where she developed innovative interdisciplinary public health programs. She launched the nation's largest integrated four-year dual degree in medicine and public health, a program that aims to integrate competencies of public health and medical professionals to graduate physicians with the skills to solve the complex problems facing local and global communities. Until 2015, Dr. Kornfeld served as the Co-Principal Investigator and Principal Investigator on a five-year HRSA educational development grant that supported this public health physician curriculum.
Dr. Kornfeld's experience in education and program development is matched by her passion for teaching and mentoring of students. She has taught numerous courses in public health and medicine. Her work with medical and master's students earned the University of Miami's Outstanding MPH Faculty Member award for teaching and mentoring students in 2014.
Prior to her service as Assistant Dean, Dr. Kornfeld was the Program Director for the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University. In that capacity, Dr. Kornfeld gained more than 15 years of experience in program management and cancer communications research and practice.
Dr. Kornfeld earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University and her MPH and PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Miami. She has presented and authored numerous publications in the area of health communication, health disparities, and public health education.