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. Gelband, H, Carshon-Marsh, R, Ansumana, R, Swaray, IB, Pandey, A, Aimone, A et al.. Could vaccinating adults against malaria materially reduce adult mortality in high-transmission areas?. Malar J. 2023;22 (1):278. doi: 10.1186/s12936-023-04714-z. PubMed PMID:37726804 PubMed Central PMC10507840.
  2. Kpagoi, SSTK, Aimone, A, Ansumana, R, Swaray, I, Gelband, H, Eikelboom, JW et al.. Adult malaria mortality during 2019 at Bo Government Hospital, Sierra Leone. Gates Open Res. 2023;7 :48. doi: 10.12688/gatesopenres.14396.2. PubMed PMID:37655048 PubMed Central PMC10465729.
  3. Murphy, TJ, Swail, H, Jain, J, Anderson, M, Awadalla, P, Behl, L et al.. The evolution of SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence in Canada: a time-series study, 2020-2023. CMAJ. 2023;195 (31):E1030-E1037. doi: 10.1503/cmaj.230249. PubMed PMID:37580072 PubMed Central PMC10426348.
  4. Nikam, C, Suraweera, W, Fu, SHH, Brown, PE, Nagelkerke, N, Jha, P et al.. PCR Test Positivity and Viral Loads during Three SARS-CoV-2 Viral Waves in Mumbai, India. Biomedicines. 2023;11 (7):. doi: 10.3390/biomedicines11071939. PubMed PMID:37509578 PubMed Central PMC10377402.
  5. Collins, R, Balaconis, MK, Brunak, S, Chen, Z, De Silva, M, Gaziano, JM et al.. Global priorities for large-scale biomarker-based prospective cohorts. Cell Genom. 2022;2 (6):100141. doi: 10.1016/j.xgen.2022.100141. PubMed PMID:36778137 PubMed Central PMC9903754.
  6. Amarasekera, S, Jha, P. Understanding the links between cardiovascular and psychiatric conditions. Elife. 2022;11 :. doi: 10.7554/eLife.84524. PubMed PMID:36459082 PubMed Central PMC9718521.
  7. Reynales-Shigematsu, LM, Sáenz-de-Miera, B, Llorente, B, Maldonado, N, Shanon, G, Jha, P et al.. [Benefits of the cigarette tax in Mexico, by sex and income quintileBenefícios do imposto sobre cigarros no México: análise por sexo e quintil de renda]. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2022;46 :e80. doi: 10.26633/RPSP.2022.80. PubMed PMID:36211240 PubMed Central PMC9534347.
  8. Meh, C, Jha, P. Trends in female-selective abortion among Asian diasporas in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia. Elife. 2022;11 :. doi: 10.7554/eLife.79853. PubMed PMID:36165452 PubMed Central PMC9514843.
  9. Brown, PE, Izawa, Y, Balakrishnan, K, Fu, SH, Chakma, J, Menon, G et al.. Mortality Associated with Ambient PM2.5 Exposure in India: Results from the Million Death Study. Environ Health Perspect. 2022;130 (9):97004. doi: 10.1289/EHP9538. PubMed PMID:36102642 PubMed Central PMC9472672.
  10. Schwartz, KL, Bogoch, II, MacInTosh, D, Barrow, J, Sindrey, D, Jha, P et al.. SARS-CoV-2 rapid antigen screening of asymptomatic employees: a pilot project. Can J Public Health. 2022;113 (6):898-903. doi: 10.17269/s41997-022-00691-z. PubMed PMID:36097245 PubMed Central PMC9466303.
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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