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. 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 .
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 .
  5. 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 .
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Miasnikof, P, Giannakeas, V, Gomes, M, Aleksandrowicz, L, Shestopaloff, AY, Alam, D et al.. Naive Bayes classifiers for verbal autopsies: comparison to physician-based classification for 21,000 child and adult deaths. BMC Med. 2015;13 :286. doi: 10.1186/s12916-015-0521-2. PubMed PMID:26607695 PubMed Central PMC4660822.
  9. Gelband, H, Sankaranarayanan, R, Gauvreau, CL, Horton, S, Anderson, BO, Bray, F et al.. Costs, affordability, and feasibility of an essential package of cancer control interventions in low-income and middle-income countries: key messages from Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition. Lancet. 2016;387 (10033):2133-44. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)00755-2. PubMed PMID:26578033 .
  10. Ram, U, Jha, P, Gerland, P, Hum, RJ, Rodriguez, P, Suraweera, W et al.. Age-specific and sex-specific adult mortality risk in India in 2014: analysis of 0·27 million nationally surveyed deaths and demographic estimates from 597 districts. Lancet Glob Health. 2015;3 (12):e767-75. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(15)00091-1. PubMed PMID:26566748 .
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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