Julio Frenk

Mexico  |  President, University of Miami

Former Minister of Health of Mexico

+1-202-822-9002 ˙ press@thedialogue.org ˙

Julio José Frenk Mora is a Mexican physician and academic currently serving as president of the University of Miami. He is the university’s first Hispanic president. Prior to assuming his current position, Frenk was dean of faculty at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and, before that, minister of health of Mexico. During his tenure at Harvard, Frenk quadrupled fundraising for the school and steered a transformative $350 million naming gift – the largest single gift in Harvard’s history. He is also credited with balancing the school’s budget, diversifying a large portfolio of annual sponsored research, and launching a comprehensive educational reform effort.

As minister of heath of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, Frenk reformed Mexico’s health system and introduced universal health insurance, Seguro Popular, which expanded access to health care for millions of uninsured Mexicans. He has been recognized by his peers and received numerous awards, including the Clinton Global Citizen Award for changing the way practitioners and policy makers think about health. 


Frenk joined the Dialogue as a Member in 2016.

Analysis See all

Chile has recorded more than 20,000 cases, but only 270 deaths, one of the lowest rates in the world. // File Photo: Chilean Government.

Covid-19 in the Americas: A Case in Contrasts

Some governments in Latin America imposed early preventive measures and mobilized health systems to meet the threat of Covid-19. Meanwhile, others with populist national leaders have done very little to prepare for or otherwise mitigate the epidemic.