Mailman School of Public Health Dean Linda P. Fried announced the appointment of Dr. Julie Kornfeld, as vice dean for education and associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. Kornfeld joins the Mailman School from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM) where she has been assistant dean of Public Health since 2012. In this role, she was responsible for an increase in enrollment of more than 300% as well as recruiting a more diverse and international student body. Dr. Kornfeld developed a robust educational and administrative infrastructure to support growth in the MPH, developing dual degree programs, and motivating academic collaborations across the larger institution.
Under her leadership, UMMSM established the nation’s largest integrated four-year dual MD/MPH program. Spurred by a call to produce more physician leaders with training in public health, Dr. Kornfeld worked to create a curriculum that merges the competencies of both public health professionals and physicians to prepare individuals capable of solving complex health problems facing local and global communities. She served as the co-principal Investigator and principal investigator on a five-year HRSA educational development grant that support this public health physician curriculum.
Dr. Kornfeld’s experience in education and program development is matched by her passion for working directly with students. Among numerous other courses, Dr. Kornfeld developed a public health documentary film class in collaboration with the School of Communications. In 2014, her work with masters and medical students earned her distinction as “Outstanding MPH Faculty Member” for teaching and mentoring.
Previously, Dr. Kornfeld served as the program director for the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Information Service at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at UMMSM. She holds both her MPH and PhD in Epidemiology from the UMMSM, as well as a BS in Journalism from Boston University, and has authored numerous publications in the areas of health communication, health disparities and public health education.
“We are delighted to have attracted a public health educator of Dr. Kornfeld’s energy, intellect, and enthusiasm,” said Dean Fried. “”I am confident that she will help us further innovate and strengthen our educational programs, which are a tremendous source of pride for our school.”
Dr. Kornfeld begins her appointment on January 1, 2016.