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 over three million homes from 1997-2014. We have expanded nationwide mortality studies to Sierra Leone and other countries. I also lead national COVID antibody studies in Canada (the Ab-C Study) and elsewhere.  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 180 countries, I am editor for the Disease Control Priorities, which examines solutions to major global health challenges. The Centre for Global Health Research focuses on cause of death statistics, application of geospatial and other statistical methods to mortality data, disease control, tobacco control and economics.

Recent Publications

  1. Saenz-de-Miera, B, Wu, DC, Essue, BM, Maldonado, N, Jha, P, Reynales-Shigematsu, LM et al.. The distributional effects of tobacco tax increases across regions in Mexico: an extended cost-effectiveness analysis. Int J Equity Health. 2022;21 (1):8. doi: 10.1186/s12939-021-01603-2. PubMed PMID:35057813 .
  2. Jha, P, Deshmukh, Y, Tumbe, C, Suraweera, W, Bhowmick, A, Sharma, S et al.. COVID mortality in India: National survey data and health facility deaths. Science. 2022; :eabm5154. doi: 10.1126/science.abm5154. PubMed PMID:34990216 .
  3. Carshon-Marsh, R, Aimone, A, Ansumana, R, Swaray, IB, Assalif, A, Musa, A et al.. Child, maternal, and adult mortality in Sierra Leone: nationally representative mortality survey 2018-20. Lancet Glob Health. 2022;10 (1):e114-e123. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(21)00459-9. PubMed PMID:34838202 PubMed Central PMC8672062.
  4. Ke, C, Gupta, R, Shah, BR, Stukel, TA, Xavier, D, Jha, P et al.. Association of Hypertension and Diabetes with Ischemic Heart Disease and Stroke Mortality in India: The Million Death Study. Glob Heart. 2021;16 (1):69. doi: 10.5334/gh.1048. PubMed PMID:34692394 PubMed Central PMC8516008.
  5. Idicula-Thomas, S, Gawde, U, Jha, P. Comparison of machine learning algorithms applied to symptoms to determine infectious causes of death in children: national survey of 18,000 verbal autopsies in the Million Death Study in India. BMC Public Health. 2021;21 (1):1787. doi: 10.1186/s12889-021-11829-y. PubMed PMID:34607591 PubMed Central PMC8488544.
  6. Tang, X, Gelband, H, Nagelkerke, N, Bogoch, II, Brown, P, Morawski, E et al.. COVID-19 vaccination intention during early vaccine rollout in Canada: a nationwide online survey. Lancet Reg Health Am. 2021;2 :100055. doi: 10.1016/j.lana.2021.100055. PubMed PMID:34467260 PubMed Central PMC8390972.
  7. Wu, DC, Shannon, G, Reynales-Shigematsu, LM, Saenz de Miera, B, Llorente, B, Jha, P et al.. Implications of household tobacco and alcohol use on child health and women's welfare in six low and middle-income countries: An analysis from a gender perspective. Soc Sci Med. 2021;281 :114102. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.114102. PubMed PMID:34118685 .
  8. Jha, P, Jamison, DT, Watkins, DA, Bell, J. A global compact to counter vaccine nationalism. Lancet. 2021;397 (10289):2046-2047. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)01105-3. PubMed PMID:34000254 PubMed Central PMC8121530.
  9. Saikia, N, Meh, C, Ram, U, Bora, JK, Mishra, B, Chandra, S et al.. Trends in missing females at birth in India from 1981 to 2016: analyses of 2·1 million birth histories in nationally representative surveys. Lancet Glob Health. 2021;9 (6):e813-e821. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(21)00094-2. PubMed PMID:33838741 .
  10. 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;9 (4):322-324. doi: 10.1016/S2213-2600(21)00080-1. PubMed PMID:33600776 PubMed Central PMC7906680.
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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