Upendra Bhojani (Faculty)
Upendra graduated as a dentist and worked for a few years at the Government Dental College and Hospital (Ahmedabad) with clinical and teaching duties. He then studied master of public health with a major in health promotion at the Deakin University (Melbourne). He returned to India and started working at the Institute of Public Health (Bangalore). He has been doing public health research and advocacy in area of non-communicable diseases, tobacco control, public policies, urban health, health systems strengthening and the intersectoral actions for health. He earned his PhD from the Institute of Tropical Medicine (Antwerp) and the Ghent University (Ghent). His PhD focused on studying the role of the local health systems in enhancing care for urban poor living with chronic conditions.
He has been selected for the Arithra Leadership Accelerator Program (2017-18). In past, he received Directorate-General for Development Cooperation (DGD) fellowship for doctoral study and was selected as fellow in the John Hopkins Global Tobacco Control Leadership Program. He has published several papers in reputed journals and frequently writes in popular media. He actively engages in knowledge translation and policy advocacy and collaborates with journalists and lawyers.
He has been with IPH for 10 years and currently serves as faculty and assistant director. He leads the cluster on chronic conditions and non-communicable diseases and co-leads the cluster on governance and health services.