Julie Anne Jacko, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Population Health
(954) 262-5121

Dr. Jacko is Chair and Professor for the Department of Population Health in the NSU Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine; and Professor and Director of Enterprise Informatics in the NSU H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Jacko received her B.S. (1990), M.S., (1991) and Ph.D. (1993) in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Purdue University. She is a leader, innovator, scholar, and entrepreneur in the domains of digital health and smart systems, applied to grand challenges in population health.

She has an exceptionally strong record of interdisciplinary research accomplishments, as evidenced with a career lifetime total exceeding $28 million in externally funded research as either PI or Co-PI, 180 publications, well-balanced over type, including refereed, archival journal papers, archival conference proceedings, books, and book chapters. Her scientific papers have been published in some of the most preeminent scientific journals, including Nature, Gynecologic Oncology, Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, and Retina. Early in her career, she was awarded a National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor awarded to young research investigators by the U.S. government. Numerous awards since have positioned her at the forefront of her field.

Dr. Jacko’s expertise extends to educational and programmatic leadership as well. As the Founding Director of the Institute for Health Informatics at the University of Minnesota (UMN), a new model of interdisciplinary collaboration was established that culminated in, among other achievements, the receipt of a $5.15 million award (Jacko, PI/PD) from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to create the University Partnership for Health Informatics, the first public-private institutional partnership in the Upper Midwest delivering multiple graduate degree programs in the field of health informatics. She also served as Operations Executive of Biomedical Informatics for the Clinical Translational Science Institute at the UMN. Her leadership at NSU has afforded her the opportunity to establish the M.B.A. in Enterprise Informatics, one of the first M.B.A. programs in the country that has a digitally driven focus, designed to foster learning at a level that yields actionable ideas and a new set of competencies best suited for the digital age.

An expert consultant for the health care and information technology industries, as well as non-profit and governmental entities, Dr. Jacko has an innate passion for entrepreneurial endeavors. In 2015, she was recognized as a top entrepreneur in Miami, Florida for having created “one of the city’s most prolific businesses.”