Manuel Franco
Manuel Franco

Manuel Franco, MD

  • Associate Professor - Adjunct

Departmental Affiliations

  • Epidemiology (Affiliated)

Center & Institute Affiliations

  • Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF)
  • Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research

Contact Information


HeartHealthyHoods HHH European Resaerch Council Project:
PHHHotovoice Project:
Social and Cardiovascular Epidemiology Research Group, University of Alcala, Spain:


MD, Universidad Complutense
PhD, Johns Hopkins University


Manuel Franco trained both in Madrid, Spain and Berlin, Germany to obtain his MD. As Fulbright Scholar he came to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health to obtain his PhD and Post Doctoral fellowship working in the Multiethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA study) in the Department of Epidemiology.

Dr. Franco´s work focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and its major risk factors. Manuel Franco studies how different social characteristics relate to CVD and CVD risk factors as dietary patterns, hypertension, diabetes and obesity. He is particularly interested on food environment and the risk of CVD. He studies population characteristics and CVD mortality to highlight the relevance of population strategies to prevent CVD.

His methodological interest include the measurement of social and neighbourhood characteristics related to population health outcomes as well as psychosocial individual traits related to health outcomes.

Research Interests:

Social epidemiology

Neighborhood health effects

Cardiovascular disease epidemiology

Cardiovascular disease prevention

Epidemiological methods

Dr. Franco teaches courses on social epidemiology, cardiovascular epidemiology and cardiovascular prevention.

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Honors and honors

2011 – 15 FIS (Fund for Health Research) Project Funded by the Spanish Government

2010 – 15 Ramón y Cajal Fellowship (Spanish Government Award)

2010 – 14 Marie Curie Fellowship (European Union Award)

2005 - 08 Center for a Livable Future, Innovation Grant

2002 – 06 Fulbright Scholar, sponsored by the Spanish Ministry of Health and the US Department of State

1995 – 98 Erasmus Fellowship (European Union) Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

Research Interests

  • manuel, franco, epidemiology, prevention, cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, social epidemiology, healthy food availability, stores, neighborhood