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. Jha, P, Brown, PE, Lam, T, Morawski, E, Reid, A. Excess deaths in China during SARS-CoV-2 viral waves in 2022-2023. Prev Med Rep. 2024;41 :102687. doi: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2024.102687. PubMed PMID:38533392 PubMed Central PMC10963212.
  2. Cho, ER, Brill, IK, Gram, IT, Brown, PE, Jha, P. Smoking Cessation and Short- and Longer-Term Mortality. NEJM Evid. 2024;3 (3):EVIDoa2300272. doi: 10.1056/EVIDoa2300272. PubMed PMID:38329816 .
  3. Paraje, G, Flores Muñoz, M, Wu, DC, Jha, P. Reductions in smoking due to ratification of the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control in 171 countries. Nat Med. 2024;30 (3):683-689. doi: 10.1038/s41591-024-02806-0. PubMed PMID:38321222 PubMed Central PMC10957467.
  4. Charalambous, A, Price, R, Jha, P. Accelerating progress on EU cancer control. Lancet Oncol. 2024;25 (2):158-160. doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(24)00002-0. PubMed PMID:38301686 .
  5. Htun, NSN, Perrone, C, Phyo, AP, Sen, A, Phommasone, K, Vanna, M et al.. Ethical and cultural implications for conducting verbal autopsies in South and Southeast Asia: a qualitative study. BMJ Glob Health. 2023;8 (12):. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2023-013462. PubMed PMID:38081771 PubMed Central PMC10729118.
  6. Chakraborty, D, Wu, DC, Jha, P. Exploring the labour market outcomes of the risk factors for non-communicable diseases: A systematic review. SSM Popul Health. 2024;25 :101564. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2023.101564. PubMed PMID:38077247 PubMed Central PMC10698265.
  7. Paraje, GR, Jha, P, Savedoff, W, Fuchs, A. Taxation of tobacco, alcohol, and sugar-sweetened beverages: reviewing the evidence and dispelling the myths. BMJ Glob Health. 2023;8 (Suppl 8):. doi: 10.1136/bmjgh-2023-011866. PubMed PMID:37813440 PubMed Central PMC10565262.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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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