Prabhat Jha

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

Director, Centre for Global Health Research


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. 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; :. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32162-1. PubMed PMID:28939096 .
  2. 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.
  3. 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 .
  4. 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 .
  5. 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 .
  6. Pai, M, Correa, N, Mistry, N, Jha, P. Reducing global tuberculosis deaths-time for India to step up. Lancet. 2017;389 (10075):1174-1176. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)30790-0. PubMed PMID:28353428 .
  7. Dare, AJ, Fu, SH, Patra, J, Rodriguez, PS, Thakur, JS, Jha, P et al.. Renal failure deaths and their risk factors in India 2001-13: nationally representative estimates from the Million Death Study. Lancet Glob Health. 2017;5 (1):e89-e95. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(16)30308-4. PubMed PMID:27955792 .
  8. Taing, KY, Farkouh, ME, Moineddin, R, Tu, JV, Jha, P. Age and sex-specific associations of anthropometric measures of adiposity with blood pressure and hypertension in India: a cross-sectional study. BMC Cardiovasc Disord. 2016;16 (1):247. doi: 10.1186/s12872-016-0424-y. PubMed PMID:27905876 PubMed Central PMC5134088.
  9. Johri, M, Verguet, S, Morris, SK, Sharma, JK, Ram, U, Gauvreau, C et al.. Adding interventions to mass measles vaccinations in India. Bull. World Health Organ. 2016;94 (10):718-727. doi: 10.2471/BLT.15.160044. PubMed PMID:27843161 PubMed Central PMC5043198.
  10. Zanone, SM, Krause, LK, Madhi, SA, Bassat, Q, Jha, P, Simões, EA et al.. Challenges in estimating RSV-associated mortality rates. Lancet Respir Med. 2016;4 (5):345-7. doi: 10.1016/S2213-2600(16)30042-X. PubMed PMID:27304556 .
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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