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April 3, 2013

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Expands Collaboration with Universitat Pompeu Fabra

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain are collaborating to establish the new Johns Hopkins University Center of Public Policy (JHUCPP), which will reside within the Universitat Pompeu Fabra campus in Barcelona. The new center will promote public policy and policy studies. The formal agreement was signed in Baltimore on March 11.

The new agreement builds upon a 15-year collaborative relationship between the two universities. Currently, the Bloomberg School’s Department of Health Policy and Management conducts a Fall Institute with Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The session is held each November in Barcelona. Johns Hopkins faculty also contribute to a two-year Public and Social Policy Program, which features courses taught in both Spanish and English.   

“It is exciting to build upon the strengths of both schools to create an international center where students from all over the world come together to share insight, experience student and faculty exchanges and knowledge about public and social policies, public management and other related areas of policy and governance,” said Ellen J. MacKenzie, PhD, Fred and Julie Soper Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School.

“The creation of this center will ignite new scholarly collaborations and engagement, international events, and consultancies and offer online courses and programs that will help drive awareness of global public and social policy research,” said Vicente Navarro, MD, DrPH, professor of Health Policy and Management and main promoter of the project.

The creation of the center builds on the academic goals of both universities by expanding the Bloomberg School's activities in cooperation with European institutions and UPF’s desire to become an international reference point in teaching and research in social science and in the fields of policy and governance. 

The new center launches September 2013. 

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Pictured left to right: Tom Burke, Professor, Health Policy and Management; Vicente Navarro, Professor, Health Policy and Management; Josep Ferrer, UPF Vice-Rector for International Relations; Jose Juan Moreso, UPF President; Jonathan Bagger, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; Ellen MacKenzie, Fred and Julie Soper Professor and Chair, Health Policy and Management; James Yager, Bloomberg School Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Pamela Cranston, Vice Provost for International Programs; Donald Steinwachs, Professor, Health Policy and Management.

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health media contact: Tim Parsons at 410-955-7619 or tmparson@jhsph.edu.