Faculty Highlight – Jaime Gofin, MD, MPH, joined the UNMC College of Public Health (COPH) faculty in 2010. He obtained his MD in 1972 and his MPH in 1974. Prior to moving to Omaha, Dr. Gofin served as faculty at The George Washington University (GW) and Hebrew University. He has served as a consultant to the Pan American Health Organization and World Health Organization since 1994.
Since 1981, Dr. Gofin has introduced more than 3,500 students and practitioners to Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) through his courses and workshops in countries all over the world. At the COPH, Dr. Gofin drew on his COPC expertise to develop the COPC concentration in the Master of Public Health Program, one of only two in the country. He played a role in the development of the COPC concentration at GW and served as program director from 2008-2009. He actively participated in the development of the dual-degree program, Master of Physician Assistant Studies/Master of Public Health in COPC, with the UNMC School of Allied Health Services. Dr. Gofin continues to oversee the COPC concentration and is responsible for two of the four core concentration courses, Community Oriented Primary Care: Principles and Practice, and Opportunities and Challenges in the Application of COPC.
Dr. Gofin offered some sincere words about his teaching philosophy. He sees teaching as much more than a transfer of information; he sees it instead as a bilateral conversation to stimulate reasoning and critical thinking that will translate into action. He promotes “learning by doing” and wants students to thrive in their learning and not merely “pass through university”.
Dr. Gofin’s research focuses on the evaluation of community health and COPC programs and the quality of teaching and teachers’ training programs. He has published more than 80 articles and two textbooks. Dr. Gofin has served on more than 30 university, public health, medical, national, and international committees during his career, and was the founder and chairman of the Alumni Association of the School of Public Health and Community Medicine at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. For ten years, he was a proud elected member of the Board of Directors Community Administration for Ramot, a neighborhood of 45,000 residents in Jerusalem. He won the 2007 Gordon-Wyon Award from the International Section of the American Public Health Association for his “outstanding leadership in community oriented primary care.”
Jaime Gofin, MD, MPH, is a professor in the UNMC COPH Department of Health Promotion, Social and Behavioral Health.