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.

Please note: Dr. Jha is not taking any summer students in 2017.

Recent Publications

  1. 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 .
  2. 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 .
  3. 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 .
  4. 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 .
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 .
  8. Ram, U, Dikshit, R, Jha, P. Level of evidence of verbal autopsy - Authors' reply. Lancet Glob Health. 2016;4 (6):e368-9. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(16)30045-6. PubMed PMID:27198840 .
  9. Patra, J, Maher, YI, Mishra, S, Bhatia, M, Alam, D, Malini, DS et al.. Effects of body mass index, tobacco smoking, alcohol drinking and solid fuel use on the risk of asthma: Individual Participant Data (IPD) meta-analysis of 175 000 individuals from 51 nationally representative surveys. BMJ Open Respir Res. 2016;3 (1):e000121. doi: 10.1136/bmjresp-2015-000121. PubMed PMID:27099758 PubMed Central PMC4823466.
  10. Urquia, ML, Moineddin, R, Jha, P, O'Campo, PJ, McKenzie, K, Glazier, RH et al.. Sex ratios at birth after induced abortion. CMAJ. 2016;188 (9):E181-90. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.151074. PubMed PMID:27067818 PubMed Central PMC4902709.
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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