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. Ioannidis, JPA, Jha, P. Does the COVID-19 pandemic provide an opportunity to eliminate the tobacco industry?. Lancet Glob Health. 2020; :. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(20)30466-6. PubMed PMID:33120026 .
  2. Wu, DC, Sheel, V, Gupta, P, Essue, BM, Luong, L, Jha, P et al.. Impact of cigarette tax increase on health and financing outcomes in four Indian states. Gates Open Res. 2020;4 :49. doi: 10.12688/gatesopenres.13127.1. PubMed PMID:33089072 PubMed Central PMC7548764.
  3. Wu, DC, Jha, P, Lam, T, Brown, P, Gelband, H, Nagelkerke, N et al.. Predictors of self-reported symptoms and testing for COVID-19 in Canada using a nationally representative survey. PLoS One. 2020;15 (10):e0240778. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0240778. PubMed PMID:33085714 PubMed Central PMC7577454.
  4. Fisher, S, Bennett, C, Hennessy, D, Robertson, T, Leyland, A, Taljaard, M et al.. International population-based health surveys linked to outcome data: A new resource for public health and epidemiology. Health Rep. 2020;31 (7):12-23. doi: 10.25318/82-003-x202000700002-eng. PubMed PMID:32761580 .
  5. Richardson, RA, Harper, S, Weichenthal, S, Nandi, A, Mishra, V, Jha, P et al.. Extremes in water availability and suicide: Evidence from a nationally representative sample of rural Indian adults. Environ Res. 2020;190 :109969. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2020.109969. PubMed PMID:32739270 PubMed Central PMC7530027.
  6. Suraweera, W, Warrell, D, Whitaker, R, Menon, G, Rodrigues, R, Fu, SH et al.. Trends in snakebite deaths in India from 2000 to 2019 in a nationally representative mortality study. Elife. 2020;9 :. doi: 10.7554/eLife.54076. PubMed PMID:32633232 PubMed Central PMC7340498.
  7. Wu, DC, Jha, P, Dutta, S, Marquez, P. Impact of cigarette price increase on health and financing outcomes in Vietnam. Gates Open Res. 2019;3 :1516. doi: 10.12688/gatesopenres.13051.2. PubMed PMID:32478310 PubMed Central PMC7216405.
  8. Gelband, H, Bogoch, II, Rodriguez, PS, Ngai, M, Peer, N, Watson, LK et al.. Is Malaria an Important Cause of Death among Adults?. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2020;103 (1):41-47. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.20-0036. PubMed PMID:32314692 PubMed Central PMC7356479.
  9. Jha, P. The hazards of smoking and the benefits of cessation: a critical summation of the epidemiological evidence in high-income countries. Elife. 2020;9 :. doi: 10.7554/eLife.49979. PubMed PMID:32207405 PubMed Central PMC7093109.
  10. Ke, C, Stukel, TA, Luk, A, Shah, BR, Jha, P, Lau, E et al.. Development and validation of algorithms to classify type 1 and 2 diabetes according to age at diagnosis using electronic health records. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2020;20 (1):35. doi: 10.1186/s12874-020-00921-3. PubMed PMID:32093635 PubMed Central PMC7038546.
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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