Harvard School of Public Health Names New Dean
Julio Frenk, MD, DPhil, has been named as the successor to Dean Barry R. Bloom, who is stepping down after having served the school for a decade, to become effective as of January 1. A global health expert, Dr. Frenk served as health minister under former Mexican President Vicente Fox from 2000 through 2006. During his service, he introduced a comprehensive national health insurance program, Seguro Popular, designed to provide access to health care for a vast number of previously uninsured Mexicans
From 1984 to 1987, Dr. Frenk served as the Founding Director of the Centre of Public Health Research, Ministry of Health of Mexico. He went on to serve as the founding Director-General of the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico from 1987 until 1998, during which time he also served as the Executive Vice President of the Mexican Health Foundation (MHF) and the Director of the MHF Center for Health and the Economy (1995-1998). In 1998, he was designated Director of Evidence and Information for Policy at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva.
Dr. Frenk served as Visiting Professor at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies in 1993. His previous affiliation with Harvard also includes service as the School of Public Health's Class Day speaker in both 2001 and 2007 and as an adviser to the Harvard Initiative for Global Health.
Dr. Frenk's early career was as an academic researcher. In addition to earning his MD from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 1979, Dr. Frenk also completed a Master of Public Health in 1981, Master of Arts in Sociology the following year, and joint Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Care Organization and Sociology in 1993 - all from the University of Michigan. His academic appointments include adjunct …