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. Fadel, SA, Boschi-Pinto, C, Yu, S, Reynales-Shigematsu, LM, Menon, GR, Newcombe, L et al.. Trends in cause-specific mortality among children aged 5-14 years from 2005 to 2016 in India, China, Brazil, and Mexico: an analysis of nationally representative mortality studies. Lancet. 2019;393 (10176):1119-1127. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(19)30220-X. PubMed PMID:30876707 .
  2. Wong, BK, Fadel, SA, Awasthi, S, Khera, A, Kumar, R, Menon, G et al.. The impact of measles immunization campaigns in India using a nationally representative sample of 27,000 child deaths. Elife. 2019;8 :. doi: 10.7554/eLife.43290. PubMed PMID:30834890 .
  3. Guindon, GE, Fatima, T, Li, DX, Joukova, A, Sudhir, J, Mishra, S et al.. Visualizing data: Trends in smoking tobacco prices and taxes in India. Gates Open Res. 2019;3 :8. doi: 10.12688/gatesopenres.12894.1. PubMed PMID:30740591 PubMed Central PMC6367560.
  4. Fu, SH, Gasparrini, A, Rodriguez, PS, Jha, P. Mortality attributable to hot and cold ambient temperatures in India: a nationally representative case-crossover study. PLoS Med. 2018;15 (7):e1002619. doi: 10.1371/journal.pmed.1002619. PubMed PMID:30040816 PubMed Central PMC6057641.
  5. Ke, C, Gupta, R, Xavier, D, Prabhakaran, D, Mathur, P, Kalkonde, YV et al.. Divergent trends in ischaemic heart disease and stroke mortality in India from 2000 to 2015: a nationally representative mortality study. Lancet Glob Health. 2018;6 (8):e914-e923. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(18)30242-0. PubMed PMID:30012272 .
  6. Jha, P. Expanding smoking cessation world-wide. Addiction. 2018;113 (8):1392-1393. doi: 10.1111/add.14247. PubMed PMID:29882234 .
  7. 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 .
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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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