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  • Julie Kornfeld, PhD, MPH

Why Science Matters in Staying Healthy

Updated: Nov 14, 2019

Dr. Kornfeld 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. She previously served as Assistant Dean of Public Health at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine where 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. Dr. Kornfeld's experience in education and program development is matched by her passion for teaching and mentoring of students. 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. She received her PhD in Epidemiology and her Master's in Public Health from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Boston University. She currently lives in NYC and is happily married with three children. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors, hiking, biking and exploring nature. She is an avid reader and cook.

At the Salon: Why does public health matter? We have been thrust into a time when the importance of facts, the validity of the scientific process and accepted scientific concepts are routinely called into question. Because of our constant connection to social media and news, misinformation and personal anecdotes have an outsized influence on what we believe and how we make decisions. At this salon we learned the importance of being a critical consumer of science and health information, which will hopefully help the world's population be healthier.

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