Maya Adam, M.D., has been teaching at Stanford University since 2009. She received her B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford before studying medicine at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. Prior to her post-secondary studies, she spent 10 years as a professional ballet dancer in Germany.
At Stanford University’s Center for Health Education, Adam is the Director of Health Education Outreach and creates online educational content for global audiences, focused on maternal-child health and nutrition. In 2013, Adam created the massive open online course Stanford Child Nutrition and Cooking, a public health education outreach effort that has reached approx. 300,000 international learners. The following year, Adam published Food Love Family: A Practical Guide to Child Nutrition. In 2015 and 2016, she launched three additional massive open online courses on Coursera: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health, Health Across the Gender Spectrum and Stories of Infection and launched the Stanford Health Outreach App currently being used to support community health promoters in South Africa and India. Since 2017, Adam has also been applying these teaching technologies and a story-based approach to the support of maternal-child health education initiatives in South Africa. In 2017 Adam launched Digital MEdIC South Africa, an initiative of the Stanford Center for Health Education, focused on the collaborative creation of high impact health education content, such as the 100%Breastfed Campaign, launched in South Africa in 2018 and Stanford’s Short Course on Breastfeeding, on Coursera.