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. 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 .
  2. 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 .
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 .
  7. 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 .
  8. Fadel, SA, Ram, U, Morris, SK, Begum, R, Shet, A, Jotkar, R et al.. Facility Delivery, Postnatal Care and Neonatal Deaths in India: Nationally-Representative Case-Control Studies. PLoS ONE. 2015;10 (10):e0140448. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0140448. PubMed PMID:26479476 PubMed Central PMC4610669.
  9. Jit, M, Franco, E, Jha, P. What makes an eLife paper in epidemiology and global health?. Elife. 2015;4 :. doi: 10.7554/eLife.11326. PubMed PMID:26445351 PubMed Central PMC4596030.
  10. Ng-Kamstra, JS, Dare, AJ, Patra, J, Fu, SH, Rodriguez, PS, Hsiao, M et al.. Deaths from acute abdominal conditions and geographic access to surgical care in India: a nationally representative population-based spatial analysis. Lancet. 2015;385 Suppl 2 :S32. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60827-3. PubMed PMID:26313080 .
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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