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Prof Harshad Thakur

Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Public Health , School of Health Systems Studies

M.B.B.S. (Mumbai),
M.D. (Mumbai)

Dr. Harshad P. Thakur has completed his MBBS and MD (Preventive and Social Medicine - PSM) from Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai. He also completed Diploma in Business Management (DBM) from Wellinkar Institute, Mumbai University in 1997. He also worked in PSM Dept. at KEM hospital for almost 7 years. He was Lecturer from 1st October 1993 till 18th July 2000 and later on Associate Professor from 19th July 2000 to 31st October 2000. He joined TISS on 1st November 2000 as Associate Professor / Reader. He became Professsor at TISS from 1st November 2008. He has been working with the School of Health Systems Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) for the last 15 years. He was the chairperson for the Centre for Health Policy, Planning & Management (CHPPM) from July 2008 to June 2010, and the chairperson for the Centre for Public Health (CPH) from June 2010 to March 2015. He started a MPH (Master’s of Public Health) program with a specialization in Social Epidemiology in June 2008 at TISS. He has expertise guiding research projects of PhD, M.Phil, MPH, MHA and DHA students at TISS. He has also organized and conducted various national / international workshops and seminars, e.g., workshop on Public Private Participation (PPP) for TB Control in India, Kala Azar, etc. Additionally, he has organized and conducted various national / international training programmes, e.g., National Training Programme in Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Hospital Management Training Programmes, etc. He is also the founding member and the managing committee member of SAATHI (Social Advancement Through Health Initiative). Dr. Thakur also founded and coordinated the Tuberculosis Interest Group (TBIG) at TISS to promote research and training related to TB among TISS faculty and students.


Research interest of Dr. Thakur includes any rea which falls under broad spectrum of Public Health and Epidemiology. He has carried out reseach projects under health financing, workforce analysis, development of quality clinical indicators, user fees, menstrual hygiene etc. He has also carried out research studies for various disease conditions like Tuberculosis, Leishmaniasis, Diabetes, effects of nuclear radiation, etc.. 

  • Thakur H. (2016) Study of Awareness, Enrollment, and Utilization of Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (National Health Insurance Scheme) in Maharashtra, India. Front. Public Health 3:282. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2015.00282
  • Misquitta, D., Isaakidis, P., Albuquerque, T., Thakur, H. (2015). Without Infection Control we cannot control tuberculosis: Success stories and Missed Opportunities in Mumbai, India. In A. Kumar, S. Rodriques & A. Dias (Ed.), Major Tropical Diseases – public health perspective (pp. 379-392). Goa: Broadway Publishing House.
  • Thakur, H. (2014). Awareness about Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana in Maharashtra, India. In Health Inc Consortium eBook (Ed.), Health Inc – Towards equitable coverage and more inclusive social protection in Health (pp. 86-98). Antwerp, Belgium: ITG Press.
  • Thakur, H., Aronsson, A., Bansode, S. , StalsbyLundborg C., Dalvie S. and Faxelid, E. (2014) Knowledge, practices, and restrictions related to menstruation among young women from low socioeconomic community in Mumbai, India. Frontiers Public Health 2:72. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2014.00072
  • Shetty, A. & Thakur, H. (2014). Institutionalizing Patient Safety Culture: A Strategic Priority for Healthcare in India. IOSR Journal of Dental and Medical Sciences (IOSR-JDMS), 13(1), 62-68.
  • Thakur, H., & Sapra, B. (2013). Baseline Survey of Health Status of Population in 2006 around a Uranium Mining Site in Jaduguda, India. Radiation Emergency Medicine, 2(1), 14-22.
  • Shetty, V., Wasnik, S., Hegde, C., Kasture, S., & Thakur, H. (2013). The "Shetty test" in ankle injuries: validation of a novel test to rule out ankle fractures. European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology, 23(7), 831-833.
  • Ruchi, & Thakur, H. (2013). Characteristics of Childhood Tuberculosis Patients Registered under RNTCP in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. Indian Journal of Public Health, 57(1), 36-39.
  • Jadhav, U., Mukherjee, K., & Thakur, H. (2013). Usage of Complementary and Alternative Medicine among Severe Hemophilia A Patients in India. Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine, 18(3), 191-197.
  • Mariappan, M., & Thakur, H. (2012). User Fee Management in India. Journal of Health Management, 14(2), 221-238.
  • Behera, S., Behera, S., & Thakur, H. (2012). A Study of Knowledge and Practices in Prevention of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus among Bhilai Steel Plant Employees. Indian Journal of Medical Specialities, 3(2), 143-148.
  • Thakur, H. (2011). Policy Issues in Kala Azar in South East Asia. In H. Thakur (Ed.), Kala Azar – Emerging Perspectives and Prospects in South Asia (pp. 311-369). New Delhi: Mittal Publications.
  • Thakur, H. (2011). Epidemiology of Leishmaniasis in India. In H. Thakur (Ed.), Kala Azar – Emerging Perspectives and Prospects in South Asia (pp. 1-15). New Delhi: Mittal Publications.
  • Thakur, H. (Ed.). (2011). Kala Azar – Emerging Perspectives and Prospects in South Asia. New Delhi: Mittal Publications.
  • Shetty, V., Shitole, B., Shetty, G., Thakur, H., & Bhandari, M. (2011). Optimal bearing surfaces for total hip replacement in the young patient: a meta-analysis. International Orthopaedics, 35(9), 1281-1287.
  • Thakur, H., Ghosh, S., Mariappan, M., & Bhatia, M. (2009). User fees in India’s health sector: Can the poor hope for any respite? Artha Vijnana, 51(2), 139-158.
  • Thakur, H. (2008). Drug Resistance in TB Control – A Global & Indian Situation. Journal of Preventive Medicine. 16(3-4), 3-9.
  • Thakur, H., Nakkeeran, N., Mukherjee, K., & Yesudian, C. (2008). Evaluation of NGO Involvement in the Cataract Control Programme in India. Journal of Preventive Medicine. 16(3-4), 19-32.
  • Thakur, H., Chavhan, S., Jotkar, R., & Mukherjee, K. (2008). Developing clinical indicators for the secondary health system in India. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 20(4), 297-303.
  • Thakur, H., Toshniwal, M., Rangan, S., & Dholakia, Y. (2008). National workshop on public private participation (PPP) for TB control in India--a brief review. Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, 55(4), 224-226.
  • Thakur, H., Mariappan, M., Jotkar, R. M., & Chavan, S. B. (2007). External Evaluation of User Fee Scheme in Government Hospitals in Maharashtra State in India. Artha Vijnana, 49(3-4), 275-304.
  • Mehta, K., Gala, J., Bhasale, S., Naik, S., Modak, M., Thakur, H., et al. (2007). Comparison of glucosamine sulfate and a polyherbal supplement for the relief of osteoarthritis of the knee: a randomized controlled trial [ISRCTN25438351]. BMC complementary and alternative medicine, 7, 34.
  • Thakur, H., & Roy Burman, J. J. (2007). The problem of Kala Azar in Bihar and West Bengal. Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society, 42(1), 49-62.
  • Thakur, H., Nakkeeran, Mukherjee, K., & Yesudian, C. (2006). Efficacy of Involvement of NGOS in the Treatment of Cataract. Convention Journal of Lukhnow Management Association. 2(1), 65-76.
  • Thakur H. (2002), Chapter on ‘Primary Health Care’ in a book Essentials of Public Health & Sanitation – Part III, Chief Editor – Dr. R.R. Shinde, All India Institute of Local Self Government, Mumbai
  • Thakur H., Pandit DD, Subramanian P. (2001). History of preventive and social medicine in India, Journal of Postgraduate Medicine, Vol. 47, pp.283-5

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Review of Menstrual Hygiene Management in Schools in India 2014-16 Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK and UNICEF Ongoing Prof. H. Thakur,
Dr. Sivakami,
Dr. Narendra Kakade
Health Inc. (Socially Inclusive health care financing in West Africa and India: Financing Health Care for Inclusion) 2011-14 European
Prof. H. Thakur,
Dr. S. Ghosh,
Prof. CAK Yesudian  
Sure Start project in Navi Mumbai 2008 to
PATH Project
Prof. H. Thakur,
NMMC Health
dept. and SHSS
faculty members
as members of
Epidemiological Study of the Health Status of the
Population around Jaduguda Uranium Mining Site (Jharkhand State)
2006 to
BARC, DAE Project
Prof. H. Thakur
Management of menstruation for women emerging from poverty - Social, cultural, economic, hygienic, and medial aspects related to sanitary protection in low-income countries 2007-08 Karolinska
Prof. H. Thakur

Implementation Strategies for Visceral Leishmaniasis Treatment in India - Policy Implications for Action

2005-07 WHO Project
Prof. H. Thakur, Prof. JJ Roy
Dr. K. Mukherjee
External Evaluation of User Fee Scheme in Maharashtra 2004-06 World Bank,
Govt. of
Prof. H. Thakur,
Dr. Mariappan
Tuberculosis Training and research Capacity Building
at TISS, Mumbai
2006-07 UAB, USA  Project
Prof. H. Thakur 
A Study on Review of User Fees in Public Sector
Health Care Facilities in India
2005-06 WHO, New
Prof. H. Thakur,
Dr. Mariappan
Development of Clinical Indicators for Maharashtra
2002-05 World Bank Project
Prof. H. Thakur,
Dr. K. Mukherjee


Dr. Thakur currently teaches courses like Basic and Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Epidemiology of Communicable diseases. He had talso taught in the past courses like Introduction to Public Health, Principles of Health Services Management, and Health Planning, etc. to TISS students.

Email: harshad[at]tiss[dot]edu

Phone - +91 22 25525511