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Health Policy and Management

About the Fall Institute

History of Collaboration

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has enjoyed a close working relationship with The Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona (the Public Health Agency of Barcelona) and Universitat Pompeu Fabra for over forty years.

This collaboration began when the former Mayor of Barcelona, Mr. Pasqual Maragall i Mira, came to Johns Hopkins School of Public Health as a visiting professor in the late seventies. The School of Public Health would continue as a trusted advisor to Mr. Pasquall Maragall and The Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona as they prepared their successful bid for the 1992 Olympic Summer Games.

This relationship was strengthened in 1990 when the newly-founded Universitat Pompeu Fabra invited Johns Hopkins professors to help design and launch UPF's world-renown Public and Social Policy Program.

In 2003, the first Johns Hopkins Fall Institute in Health Policy and Management, sponsored by the Public Health Agency of Barcelona and the Bloomberg School, was hosted by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. With courses offered each year, the Fall Institute has grown to attract public health professionals and students from around the globe to participate in the offerings by faculty from the Johns Hopkins University and the Public Health Agency of Barcelona

The Johns Hopkins University and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra came together again in 2013 to establish the JHU-UPF Public Policy Center. The Center's purpose is to provide an international reference point for faculty and students to participate in the activities of both institutions at the graduate level. It is co-directed by the Department of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins University and the Department of Political and Social Science at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and resides on UPF's main campus in Barcelona, Spain.

Participating Institutions

As a leading international authority on public health, the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is dedicated to protecting health and saving lives. Every day, the School works to keep millions around the world safe from illness and injury by pioneering new research, deploying its knowledge and expertise in the field, and educating tomorrow’s scientists and practitioners in the global defense of human life. The School’s main campus is located in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

The Agència de Salut Pública de Barcelona (Public Health Agency of Barcelona) is one of the leading research organizations and providers of public health services in Spain. With its outstanding cutting-edge research programs—always with a practical application—the Agència has established itself as a leader in public health practice in Europe.

The Fall Institute will be offered in collaboration and on the campus of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, one of the most prestigious European universities and well known throughout Europe for its Master of Public and Social Policy program (provided in collaboration with the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University) and its Master of Public Health program.

The Johns Hopkins University-Pompeu Fabra University Public Policy Center is a collaborative Center and a cornerstone for international policy research and instruction for its member departments. The Center's focus is on major areas of impact on the social well-being, quality of life, and health of populations. These areas include: worldwide climate change, economic and financial crises, and the economic and financial integration of the European Union.


Courses are held at the Ciutadella Campus of Universitat Pompeu Fabra in November. Sessions run from 830-1800 unless otherwise noted. The offerings, ranging from one to four days in duration, are offered by distinguished faculty whose research and practice contribute new knowledge on a wide range of public health, health and social policy, and health care issues, and who work with public health and health care leaders at local, national and international levels. All instruction is in English.

Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Ciutadella Campus
Merçè Rodoreda Building
Ramon Trias Fargas, 25-27
08005 Barcelona
(+34) 93 542 26 25

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