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. Kim, SJ, Yao, Z, Marsh, MC, Eckert, DM, Kay, MS, Lyakisheva, A et al.. Homogeneous surrogate virus neutralization assay to rapidly assess neutralization activity of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. Nat Commun. 2022;13 (1):3716. doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-31300-9. PubMed PMID:35778399 PubMed Central PMC9249905.
  2. Brown, PE, Fu, SH, Bansal, A, Newcombe, L, Colwill, K, Mailhot, G et al.. Omicron BA.1/1.1 SARS-CoV-2 Infection among Vaccinated Canadian Adults. N Engl J Med. 2022;386 (24):2337-2339. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc2202879. PubMed PMID:35584302 PubMed Central PMC9165561.
  3. Jha, P, Brown, PE, Ansumana, R. Counting the global COVID-19 dead. Lancet. 2022;399 (10339):1937-1938. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(22)00845-5. PubMed PMID:35533709 PubMed Central PMC9075854.
  4. Ke, C, Narayan, KMV, Chan, JCN, Jha, P, Shah, BR. Pathophysiology, phenotypes and management of type 2 diabetes mellitus in Indian and Chinese populations. Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2022;18 (7):413-432. doi: 10.1038/s41574-022-00669-4. PubMed PMID:35508700 PubMed Central PMC9067000.
  5. Wu, DC, Essue, BM, Jha, P. Impact of vaping introduction on cigarette smoking in six jurisdictions with varied regulatory approaches to vaping: an interrupted time series analysis. BMJ Open. 2022;12 (5):e058324. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2021-058324. PubMed PMID:35501081 PubMed Central PMC9062808.
  6. Maldonado, N, Llorente, B, Reynales-Shigematsu, LM, Saenz-de-Miera, B, Jha, P, Shannon, G et al.. Tobacco Taxes as the Unsung Hero: Impact of a Tax Increase on Advancing Sustainable Development in Colombia. Int J Public Health. 2022;67 :1604353. doi: 10.3389/ijph.2022.1604353. PubMed PMID:35431761 PubMed Central PMC9006985.
  7. Le Foll, B, Piper, ME, Fowler, CD, Tonstad, S, Bierut, L, Lu, L et al.. Tobacco and nicotine use. Nat Rev Dis Primers. 2022;8 (1):19. doi: 10.1038/s41572-022-00346-w. PubMed PMID:35332148 .
  8. Jana, S, Fu, SH, Gelband, H, Brown, P, Jha, P. Spatio-temporal modelling of malaria mortality in India from 2004 to 2013 from the Million Death Study. Malar J. 2022;21 (1):90. doi: 10.1186/s12936-022-04112-x. PubMed PMID:35300715 PubMed Central PMC8932160.
  9. Fisher, S, Bennett, C, Hennessy, D, Finès, P, Jessri, M, Bader Eddeen, A et al.. Comparison of mortality hazard ratios associated with health behaviours in Canada and the United States: a population-based linked health survey study. BMC Public Health. 2022;22 (1):478. doi: 10.1186/s12889-022-12849-y. PubMed PMID:35272641 PubMed Central PMC8915535.
  10. Nunes, A, Jha, P. Rethinking routine airline testing during COVID-19. Nat Hum Behav. 2022;6 (3):310. doi: 10.1038/s41562-022-01317-7. PubMed PMID:35190713 .
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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