Prabhat Jha

Officer, Order of Canada; D.Phil., MD



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. Madahar, P, Wunsch, H, Jha, P, Slutsky, AS, Brodie, D. Trends in COVID-19-related in-hospital mortality: lessons learned from nationwide samples. Lancet Respir Med. 2021; :. doi: 10.1016/S2213-2600(21)00080-1. PubMed PMID:33600776 .
  2. Kumaran, K, Krishnaveni, GV, Suryanarayana, KG, Prasad, MP, Belavendra, A, Atkinson, S et al.. Protocol for a cluster randomised trial evaluating a multifaceted intervention starting preconceptionally-Early Interventions to Support Trajectories for Healthy Life in India (EINSTEIN): a Healthy Life Trajectories Initiative (HeLTI) Study. BMJ Open. 2021;11 (2):e045862. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-045862. PubMed PMID:33593789 .
  3. Rao Seshadri, S, Kaulgud, R, Jha, P. 'You cannot touch taxes easily': making the case for tobacco taxation in India. Health Policy Plan. 2020; :. doi: 10.1093/heapol/czaa171. PubMed PMID:33367775 .
  4. Ioannidis, JPA, Jha, P. Does the COVID-19 pandemic provide an opportunity to eliminate the tobacco industry?. Lancet Glob Health. 2021;9 (1):e12-e13. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(20)30466-6. PubMed PMID:33120026 .
  5. Wu, DC, Sheel, V, Gupta, P, Essue, BM, Luong, L, Jha, P et al.. Impact of cigarette tax increase on health and financing outcomes in four Indian states. Gates Open Res. 2020;4 :49. doi: 10.12688/gatesopenres.13127.1. PubMed PMID:33089072 PubMed Central PMC7548764.
  6. Wu, DC, Jha, P, Lam, T, Brown, P, Gelband, H, Nagelkerke, N et al.. Predictors of self-reported symptoms and testing for COVID-19 in Canada using a nationally representative survey. PLoS One. 2020;15 (10):e0240778. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0240778. PubMed PMID:33085714 PubMed Central PMC7577454.
  7. 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 .
  8. 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 PubMed Central PMC7530027.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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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