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Julio Frenk, M.D., Ph.D.

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Julio  Frenk, M.D., Ph.D.


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  • Spanish


  • President, University of Miami
  • Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences


Dr. Julio Frenk, a noted leader in global health and a renowned scholar became the sixth President and a Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Miami on August 16, 2015.  Prior to joining the University of Miami, Dr. Frenk was Dean of the Faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health since January 2009. While at Harvard, he was also the T & G Angelopoulos Professor of Public Health and International Development, a joint appointment with the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Dr. Frenk served as the Minister of Health of Mexico from 2000 to 2006. There he pursued an ambitious agenda to reform the nation’s health system and introduced a program of comprehensive universal coverage, known as Seguro Popular, which expanded access to health care for more than 55 million previously uninsured Mexicans.  Dr. Frenk was also the founding director-general of the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, one of the leading institutions of  its kind in the developing world. In 1998, he joined the World Health Organization (WHO) as executive director in charge of Evidence and Information for Policy, WHO’s first-ever unit explicitly charged with developing a scientific foundation for health policy to achieve better outcomes.  Other professional accomplishments include serving as a senior fellow in the global health program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as president of the Carso Health Institute in Mexico City, founding chair of the board of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, and co-chair of the Commission on the Education of Health Professionals for the 21st Century, which published its influential report in the leading journal The Lancet in 2010, triggering a large number of follow-up initiatives throughout the world.

Dr. Frenk holds a medical degree from the National University of Mexico, as well as a master of public health and a joint Ph.D. in Medical Care Organization and in Sociology from the University of Michigan. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from several institutions of higher learning. In September of 2008, Dr. Frenk received the Clinton Global Citizen Award for changing “the way practitioners and policy makers across the world think about health.” In 2016, he received the Welch-Rose Award for Distinguished Service to Academic Public Health from the Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health.

Dr. Frenk is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Medicine of Mexico, and is on the board of the United Nations Foundation.