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. 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 .
  2. 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 .
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Jha, P, Hill, C, Wu, DCN, Peto, R. Cigarette prices, smuggling, and deaths in France and Canada. Lancet. 2020;395 (10217):27-28. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)31291-7. PubMed PMID:31908274 .
  9. Wu, DC, Banzon, EP, Gelband, H, Chin, B, Malhotra, V, Khetrapal, S et al.. Health-care investments for the urban populations, Bangladesh and India. Bull. World Health Organ. 2020;98 (1):19-29. doi: 10.2471/BLT.19.234252. PubMed PMID:31902959 PubMed Central PMC6933436.
  10. Kumar, A, Mhatre, S, Godbole, S, Jha, P, Dikshit, R. Optimization of extraction of genomic DNA from archived dried blood spot (DBS): potential application in epidemiological research & bio banking. Gates Open Res. 2018;2 :57. doi: 10.12688/gatesopenres.12855.3. PubMed PMID:31815249 PubMed Central PMC6883222.
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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