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M.A. (TISS), M.Sc. (LSE, UK), M.Phil. (NIMHANS), Ph.D. (Mumbai), Post Doctorate (Fogarty - NIH Fellow, University of Florida, USA), Dip. Y.E., Dip. Y.T. (Mumbai)
Prof. Shankar Das, Dean, School of Health Systems Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India. He has over three decades of experience as a teacher, trainer, researcher, and human resources development practitioner in the field of health and development. His professional skills mainly include public health, health promotion, primary health care, and professional education; he has extensive experience working at the senior level with and within the Government, Public Sector, academia, and organizations at local, state, national, and international levels. He enjoys working in challenging social, political, and physical environments and has the ability to work in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team. Prof. Das had the opportunity to work in some of the low and high-income countries, such as India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal, Norway, Finland, Japan, the UK, and the USA. Since 2008, he has been working as a Professor at the Centre for Health Policy, Planning and Management (CHPPM) in the School of Health System Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India. During the initial and formative years (2007 to 2014) of the CHPPM, he had provided academic leadership and nurtured the centre as the Chairperson. He has initiated and developed collaboration with universities in the UK, USA, and Canada wherein he had designed and delivered several academic programs including the Study India Programme (SIP) in Social Care Policy and Programme.
He was actively involved in developing the curriculum for several Post-Graduate and doctoral level professional programs. He teaches various courses such as Global Public Health, Mental Health, Health and Social Care Policy, Leadership and Strategic Management in Health Care, Public Health Research, Community Health, Holistic Health Counselling, Complementary and Alternative Health Practices, etc. for the Masters and M.Phil/Ph.D. programs. He is an avid yoga practitioner and a certified yoga educator. He has earned two PG Diplomas in Yoga Education and Yogic Therapy from an esteemed yoga institute. Prof. Das is a disciple of Late Satya Narayana Goenka Ji and is trained in Vipassanā meditation from his early years. He follows his teachings which emphasize the path of liberation that is scientific, non-sectarian and universal in nature.
He was invited by the World Health Organisation and the Ministry of Health, Union of Myanmar as a Consultant to advise on national capacity building and technical expertise for improving behavioural components of Health care delivery systems in Myanmar. As part of Human Resource Development initiatives, Unilever Bangladesh invited him to design and deliver a series of capacity-building programs for various health care professionals in therapeutic and health management. In the year 2009-2010, he was awarded the TISS-LSE Faculty Fellowship to pursue higher studies at the London School of Economics (LSE), UK, and to develop a Master in Public Health in Health Policy, Economics, and Finance at the TISS, India. He was selected as a Research Associate in the PSSU, at the London School of Economics, where he researched Ethnic Minority Patients' Access to Mental Health Services in the United Kingdom. In the year 2011-2012, he was a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE) and worked on Mental Health, Long Term Care Policies in UK and India. He was invited as a Visiting Professor at the College of Medicine and College of Education and Social Care, University of Vermont, USA and to teach a summer course on Integrated and Holistic Health Practice for PG students. In the year 2014, he had completed the Post Doctoral research training in chronic non-communicable disorders and diseases across the life span under the Fogarty Post Doctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Public Health, University of Florida, USA.
Prof. Das worked as a Director of the International Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR-D), Dwarka, New Delhi until 11th November 2020. IIHMR Delhi is a premier knowledge institution of the country and plays a major role in promoting and conducting research, training, and capacity development in policy and national health programs.
He has widely published his work in reputed peer-reviewed journals and written chapters, books on diverse areas such as public health, mental health, sustainable development, wellbeing, and prosperity. The focus of his work is evidence-informed policy and practice across the spectrum of public health issues and strategies.
Positions and Career Highlights
Editor, Mental Health & Human Resilience International Journal (MHRIJ). MedWin Publishers. Indexed in Academic Research Index: ResearchBIb and Advanced Science Index. 2609 Crooks Rd #229 Troy, MI 48084.
Member, Advisory Committee, Indian Journal of Social Science Research and Development (IJSSRD), India.Social Scientist, Ethics Committee, Clinical Research Institute, Fortis Hospitals Ltd., Mumbai, India.
Technical Advisory Committee Member, EKAM Foundation: Healthy Child Healthy Community, India. http://www.ekamoneness.org/about/integrity/technical-committee/
Award for Research Excellence, the Indus Foundation, Indo-Global Education Summit 2017, New Delhi.
Since 1989 he has been teaching several courses such as Global Public Health, Public Health Management, Mental Health, Foundation of Social Care Policies, Current Issues in Health Policy, Community Health, Holistic Health Counselling, Organizational Behavior, Social Case Work, Therapeutic Work with Individual, Groups, and Families, Social Service in Hospitals, Advanced Psychiatric Seminar, Human resource management, Social research, Sexuality, Reproductive health, Yoga, Training technology etc. mainly at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences and as a visiting faculty to various universities, Govt. agencies, and Non-Governmental Organizations in India and abroad.