Prabhat Jha

Officer, Order of Canada; D.Phil., MD

Director, Centre for Global Health Research

Biography

I am the lead investigator of the Million Death Study in India which quantifies the causes of premature mortality in more than one million homes from 1997-2014 including the contribution of key risk factors such as tobacco, alcohol and diet. In addition to authoring several influential publications on tobacco control, including two that helped enable a global treaty on tobacco control, now signed by over 160 countries. I am also a Series Editor for Disease Control Priorities 3, which examines solutions to major global health challenges and a Senior Editor of eLife. My research publishes widely on cause of death statistics, disease control, tobacco control and economics.

Recent Publications

  1. Taing, KY, Farkouh, ME, Moineddin, R, Tu, JV, Jha, P. Comparative associations between anthropometric and bioelectric impedance analysis derived adiposity measures with blood pressure and hypertension in India: a cross-sectional analysis. BMC Obes. 2017;4 :37. doi: 10.1186/s40608-017-0173-1. PubMed PMID:29214029 PubMed Central PMC5709937.
  2. Verguet, S, Tarr, G, Gauvreau, CL, Mishra, S, Jha, P, Liu, L et al.. Distributional benefits of tobacco tax and smoke-free workplaces in China: A modeling study. J Glob Health. 2017;7 (2):020701. doi: 10.7189/jogh.07.020701. PubMed PMID:29188029 PubMed Central PMC5681709.
  3. Jamison, DT, Alwan, A, Mock, CN, Nugent, R, Watkins, D, Adeyi, O et al.. Universal health coverage and intersectoral action for health: key messages from Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition. Lancet. 2017; :. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32906-9. PubMed PMID:29179954 .
  4. Gomes, M, Begum, R, Sati, P, Dikshit, R, Gupta, PC, Kumar, R et al.. Nationwide Mortality Studies To Quantify Causes Of Death: Relevant Lessons From India's Million Death Study. Health Aff (Millwood). 2017;36 (11):1887-1895. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2017.0635. PubMed PMID:29137507 .
  5. Reynales-Shigematsu, LM, Guerrero-López, CM, Hernández Ávila, M, Irving, H, Jha, P. Divergence and convergence in cause-specific premature adult mortality in Mexico and US Mexican Hispanics from 1995 to 2015: analyses of 4.9 million individual deaths. Int J Epidemiol. 2017; :. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyx185. PubMed PMID:29040557 .
  6. Million Death Study Collaborators. Changes in cause-specific neonatal and 1-59-month child mortality in India from 2000 to 2015: a nationally representative survey. Lancet. 2017;390 (10106):1972-1980. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32162-1. PubMed PMID:28939096 PubMed Central PMC5677556.
  7. Verguet, S, Jones, EO, Johri, M, Morris, SK, Suraweera, W, Gauvreau, CL et al.. Characterizing measles transmission in India: a dynamic modeling study using verbal autopsy data. BMC Med. 2017;15 (1):151. doi: 10.1186/s12916-017-0908-3. PubMed PMID:28793891 PubMed Central PMC5550950.
  8. Pai, M, Jha, P. Tuberculosis in India: health policy alone is not enough - Authors' reply. Lancet. 2017;389 (10088):2471-2472. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)31603-3. PubMed PMID:28656897 .
  9. Jha, P, Khan, J, Mishra, S, Gupta, P. Raising taxes key to accelerate tobacco control in South Asia. BMJ. 2017;357 :j1176. . PubMed PMID:28400362 .
  10. Dare, AJ, Ke, C, Suraweera, W, Rodriguez, P, Jha, P. Renal failure deaths and their risk factors in India 2001-13 - Authors' reply. Lancet Glob Health. 2017;5 (5):e483-e484. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(17)30144-4. PubMed PMID:28395838 .
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Affiliations & Other Activities

  • Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Endowed Chair in Disease Control, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
  • Research Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto
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