Jackie Pollack

Jackie Pollack,

Graduate Teaching Assistant , University of Florida , Interviewer Lead, NDEWS Rapid Street Reporting, University of Florida, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Florida

Department: Department of Epidemiology
Business Phone: (352) 273-5468
Business Email: jpollack1@ufl.edu

About Jackie Pollack

PhD Candidate; Mentored By Dr. Stephen Kimmel

Additional Positions:
Interviewer Lead, NDEWS Rapid Street Reporting
2022 – Current · University of Florida
Graduate Teaching Assistant
2020 – Current · University of Florida
Graduate Research Assistant
2020 – Current · University of Florida


Preparing Future Faculty Scholar
2024 · University of Florida
Epidemiology Chair’s Travel Award
2023 · University of Florida
Women Lead Scholar (Leadership Development Program for Graduate Students)
2023 · University of Florida

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
PHC6001 Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health
Teaching Philosophy
Teaching is a lifelong reciprocal journey of empowerment and enlightenment between students and educators. It is a profound privilege to guide aspiring minds, nurturing their growth and intellectual curiosity all while my students do the same for me. As an educator, my philosophy centers on fostering an environment of scholarly exploration, genuine connection, innovation, and motivation. Scholarship, to me, is not confined to textbooks and lectures, but a dynamic interplay of theory and practice to bridge the gap between the two. It is about encouraging students to question, to seek, and to apply knowledge in ways that resonate with their unique perspectives and aspirations. Through this, they not only acquire information but develop the critical thinking skills necessary to become lifelong scholars in whichever fields they pursue. Authenticity forms the cornerstone of my approach. I believe in genuine connections with my students, understanding their individual backgrounds, experiences, and aspirations. This allows for a more meaningful exchange of ideas and creates a supportive learning community where every voice is valued. I strive to cultivate an atmosphere of creativity and experimentation, where students feel encouraged to explore beyond the boundaries of conventional wisdom and traditional lecture-based teaching styles. By embracing new approaches and technologies, we unlock fresh perspectives and inspire novel solutions to complex challenges. My teaching philosophy stems from motivation as I see education as a way of instilling a sense of purpose and a drive for excellence. Through dynamic and engaging teaching methods, I aim to kindle the passion within each student, empowering them to take ownership of their learning and chart their own paths toward success. Ultimately, my teaching philosophy is a testament to my unwavering belief in the transformative power of education-guiding students towards not just academic success, but a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them.

Research Profile

Areas of Interest
  • Carceral Justice and Healthcare Access
  • Cardiovascular Epidemiology
  • Community Health
  • Machine learning and applications
  • Prediction Modeling
  • Public Health Education & Epidemiology Education
  • Reproductive Justice
  • Suicide Prevention
  • machine learning for predictive analytics


Dynamic prediction modeling of postoperative mortality among patients undergoing surgical aortic valve replacement in a statewide cohort over a 12-year period.
JTCVS open. 15:94-112 [DOI] 10.1016/j.xjon.2023.07.011. [PMID] 37808034.
Spatial Patterns and Neighborhood Characteristics of Overall Suicide Clusters in Florida From 2001 to 2010
American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 52(1):e1-e7 [DOI] 10.1016/j.amepre.2016.07.032.


Ph.D. Epidemiology
2020-2024 · University of Florida
Master of Science in Epidemiology
2016-2017 · London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Bachelor of Science in Integrative Health Science
2012-2016 · Stetson University

Contact Details

(352) 273-5468
Business Mailing:
PO Box 100231
Business Street: