• Professor, Global Health
  • Professor, Health Metrics Sciences
Bernado Hernandez-Prado

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
2301 5th Ave, Suite 600
Box 358210
Seattle, WA 98121
United States

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Bernardo Hernández Prado, DSc, MS, is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. In this role, he works with IHME’s Integrated Surveillance Systems research team in the evaluation of the Salud Mesoamérica 2015 project, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Division of Social Protection and Health. IHME and IDB designed surveys for households and health facilities to measure coverage of key interventions in nutrition, immunization, and maternal and child health. The research supports efforts to improve health system performance and build capacity in Mesoamerica. 

Since 2008, Dr. Hernández Prado has collaborated with IHME on the Population Health Metrics Research Consortium project for the validation of verbal autopsy and chronic disease diagnosis questionnaires, and he analyzed verbal autopsy data collected for the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative #13 (GC-13). He also collaborates with the Verbal Autopsy research team and is involved in the evaluation of PREVENIMSS, a program of preventive actions launched by the Mexican Institute of Social Security. In addition, he serves as the director of the Health Metrics track of the Master of Public Health program at the University of Washington.

Prior to joining IHME, Dr. Hernández Prado had a long and distinguished career on the faculty of the National Institute of Public Health in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He headed the Department of Maternal Health and the Center for Research in Population Health, for which he directed the epidemiology and nutrition programs. Most recently, he served as the institute’s Director of Reproductive Health. His research has focused on maternal health and mortality, the evaluation of social and health programs, and the effect of physical activity and improved nutrition on the health of children and mothers.

From 2002 to 2006, Dr. Hernández Prado coordinated the evaluation of Oportunidades, the principal antipoverty program of the Mexican government. He helped develop the master plan for maternal and neonatal health of the Mesoamerican Initiative in 2010. He is a level 1 National Investigator for the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico.

Dr. Hernández Prado earned a BSc in Social Psychology from the Metropolitan Autonomous University-Mexico City, a Master’s in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics, and a Doctorate in Sciences in Health and Social Behavior from the Harvard School of Public Health. Among the many honors he has received, Dr. Hernández Prado was awarded the 2005 Miguel Bustamante Prize of the National Institute of Public Health.

  • DSc (Harvard University)
  • MS (London School of Economics (UK))
  • BA (Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana)
  • Spanish
Health Topics 
  • Child Mortality
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Interventions
  • Malaria
  • Maternal Child Health (incl. Reproductive Health)
  • Maternal Mortality
  • Metrics and Evaluation
  • Poverty
DGH Centers, Programs and Initiatives and Affiliated Organizations 

Reproductive and maternal health; the impact of obesity and physical activity; evaluation of population health programs in Latin America; survey design and implementation; impact evaluation; mortality estimation, including verbal autopsy; epidemiology


1. Kamath AM, Johanns CK, Rios-Zertuche D, Mokdad AH, Hernandez B. Multidimensional care practices for pre-eclampsia in the era of Universal Health Coverage: a pre-post evaluation of the Salud Mesoamérica Initiative in Honduras, Nicaragua, and Belize. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 2020. DOI: 10.1002/ijgo.13131

2. Hernandez B, Colombara DV, Gagnier MC, Desai SS, Haakenstad A, Johanns C, McNellan CR, Nelson J, Palmisano EB, Ríos-Zertuche D, Zúñiga-Brenes P, Iriarte E, Mokdad AH. Barriers and facilitators for institutional delivery among poor Mesoamerican women: a cross-sectional study. Health Policy and Planning 2017; 32: 769–780 doi: 10.1093/heapol/czx010.

3. Rios-Zertuche D, Carter KH, Harris KP, Thom M, Zúñiga-Brenes MP, Bernal-Lara P,Gonzalez-Marmol A, Johanns CK, Hernandez-Prado B, Palmisano E, Cogen R, Naik P,-Bcheraoui Ch, Smith DL, Mokdad AH, Iriarte E. Performance of passive case detection for malaria surveillance results from nine countries in Mesoamerica and the Dominican Republic. Malaria Journal 2021; 20:208 https://doi.org/10.1186/s12936-021-03645-x.

4. Monterrubio-Flores E, Ramírez-Villalobos MD, Espinosa Montero J, Hernandez B, Barquera S, Villalobos-Daniel VE, Campos-Nonato I. Characterizing a two-pronged epidemic in Mexico of non-communicable diseases and SARS-Cov2: Factors associated with increased case fatality rates. International Journal of Epidemiology 2021, 1–16 doi: 10.1093/ije/dyab008.

5. Phillips DE, Ambrosio G, Batzel A, Cerezo C, Duber H, Faye A, Gaye I, Hernandez B, Kestler E, Kingongo C, Lim S, Linebarger E, Matute J, Mpanya G, Mulongo S, Rios F, Shelley K, Tine R, Whitaker D, Ross J. Bringing a Health Systems Modelling Approach to Complex Evaluations: Multi-Country Applications in HIV, TB and Malaria. BMJ Global Health, 2020 Nov;5(11):e002441. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2020-002441.PMID: 33148539.