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. 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 .
  2. 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.
  3. 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 .
  4. 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.
  5. 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 PubMed Central PMC7888364.
  6. Rao Seshadri, S, Kaulgud, R, Jha, P. 'You cannot touch taxes easily': making the case for tobacco taxation in India. Health Policy Plan. 2021;36 (3):322-331. doi: 10.1093/heapol/czaa171. PubMed PMID:33367775 .
  7. 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 .
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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 .
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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