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. Jha, P. Expanding smoking cessation world-wide. Addiction. 2018; :. doi: 10.1111/add.14247. PubMed PMID:29882234 .
  2. Bogoch, II, Gomes, M, Fuente-Soro, L, Varo, R, Naniche, D, Sacoor, C et al.. Identifying HIV care continuum gaps with verbal autopsy. Lancet HIV. 2018;5 (2):e65-e67. doi: 10.1016/S2352-3018(18)30007-9. PubMed PMID:29422191 .
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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. 2018;391 (10125):1108-1120. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32906-9. PubMed PMID:29179954 PubMed Central PMC5996988.
  6. 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 .
  7. 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. 2018;47 (1):97-106. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyx185. PubMed PMID:29040557 PubMed Central PMC5837401.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 .
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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