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Antoni Plasència

Director General of ISGlobal

Antoni Plasencia Taradach is the Director General of Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), and was previously the Technical Director of the Center for International Health Research (CRESIB ) - Hospital Clínic - University of Barcelona.


Dr. Plasencia graduated in Medicine from the University of Barcelona in 1981, and Doctor of Medicine from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1996. He is a specialist in Public Health and Preventive Medicine and obtained Master in Public Health from Yale University, USA (1986). From 2004-2011 , he was Director General of Public Health of the Generalitat of Catalonia, was instrumental in the development of the Public Health Law of Catalonia, as well as, in the creation of the Public Health Agency of Catalonia. Previously, he was Director of the Municipal Institute of Health - Public Health Agency of Barcelona, an Institution where he held many responsibilities from 1989.
He is associate Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and has been an Associate in the Health Policy and Management department at Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University . Among his teaching activities are various courses including Master of Public Health at University of Pompeu Fabra and Autonomous University of Barcelona and Master of Global Health at the University of Barcelona.
His professional activity is mainly dedicated to epidemiology and public health in various leading positions, combining practice, research, teaching and management activities, with a longstanding involvement in policy-making, strategic planning and translation, program implementation and evaluation activities in prestigious institutions. With a broad biological, social and environmental perspective on health and its determinants, main areas of expertise include key global health areas such as health systems and public health services evaluation and management, the surveillance of public health and its determinants, the reduction of health inequalities, infectious diseases, maternal and child health, injuries and environmental health.