Jude Kornelsen

Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice
Degrees / Designations 


250-653-4325; 604-742-1794
Mailing Address 
Centre for Rural Health Research #530 - 1501 West Broadway Vancouver BC V6J 4Z6


Academic Appointment 
Assistant Professor
Other Areas of Research 
Rural Health Services
Maternity Care
Public participation in Health Care Decision-Making
Knowledge Translation

Dr. Kornelsen is a health services researcher and Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Practice at UBC. As Co-director of the Centre for Rural Health Research, her primary research focus is on rural health issues, particularly the investigation of appropriate levels of services for rural maternity care and the role of Midwifery in contributing to such care. Since 2005, Dr Kornelsen has led multiple mixed methods investigations in rural BC exploring women’s experience traveling to give birth. Some of such investigations have helped provide better understanding in the maternity care needs of women and Aboriginal groups in BC. Dr Kornelsen also has a more general interest in modalities of birth, specifically women's choices that are outside the norm of experience. To this end she has conducted studies on patient-initiated elective cesarean section and unassisted home birth. Dr. Kornelsen is also a CIHR New Investigator and a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar.

Current Projects 

Best Ethical Practices in Managing Uncertainty in Medical Diagnosis: An Investigation of Ethical Principles Applied to Decision-Making Women's Experiences of Unassisted Home Birth Outcomes of Midwifery-led rural primary maternity care service Qualitative Cost Analysis of rural maternity care services by service delivery level