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Prof Kanchan Mukherjee

Professor , Mumbai campus

Chairperson - Centre for Health, Policy, Planning and Management, School of Health Systems Studies

M.D. (PSM) (Mumbai University),
M. Sc. International Health Policy (LSE, UK),
M.B.B.S (Mumbai University)

Dr. Kanchan Mukherjee is Professor and Chairperson at the Centre for Health Policy, Planning and Management in the School of Health Systems Studies at TISS and a honorary visiting profeesor at  the University of Liverpool (UK). He did his MBBS from Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai and MD in PSM from LTMMC and LTMGH (Sion), Mumbai. He joined TISS in 2001.

In 2003, Dr. Mukherjee completed postdoctoral training in HIV/AIDS research from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) through the prestigious Fogarty Fellowship programme of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 

Dr. Mukherjee  obtained a Masters in International Health Policy from the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2008 with distinction in Health Economics. He was the programme convener for   the new programme on MPH (Health Policy, Economics and Finance) at TISS in collaboration with the London School of Economics. This is a full time two-year post graduate Masters programme at TISS, a first of its kind in South Asia launched in 2010. 

In 2013, Dr. Mukherjee was a visiting faculty at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden under the Linnaeus-Palme scholarship.

Dr. Mukherjee was the programme coordinator for the distance education programme on Indian Health Systems, Policies and Economics  for Novo Nordisk Education Foundation.

He is also the Coordinator and honorary secretary of SATHI (Social Advancement Through Health Initiatives), a charitable trust  and Field Action project of TISS working on urban health and development issues in New Mumbai.

Honours and Awards:

Honorary Visiting Professor, University of Liverpool, England.

Visiting Faculty at Karolinska Institute, Stockholm (Sweden) in May 2013 under the Linnaeus-Palme scholarship.

Recipient of B. K. Mahajan award in 2012 for the best research paper on “ Cost Effectiveness of Child Birth Strategies for PMTCT of HIV among mothers receiving Nevirapine in India''.


Postdoctoral training in HIV/AIDS research from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) through the prestigious Fogarty Fellowship programme of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


Dr. M. D. D. Gilder award and gold medal in D.P.H. (2001).


Paper on "Awareness and practice of biosafety precaution and safe waste disposal among Private Medical Practitioners in an urban slum area" adjudged as the best paper at the Annual Conference of IAOH (Mumbai), 2001.


Gold medal winner of occupation health quiz organized by Mumbai branch of Indian Association of Occupational Health (IAOH) Annual Conference, 2000.


Seminar/Conference/Workshops/Invited Talks


  1. Invited speaker on " Off label use of medicine in India"-PMAC 2017, Bangkok, Thailand.
  2. Invited talk on " Role of HTA for UHC in India" at the TLHT-International Conference 2017.
  3. Invited talk at Imperial College, London, 24th November 2016. Talk title, " Being Sustainable and Smart: The WIN strategy for UHC in India." Talk available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vll2TqmqmI

  4. Interview for UHC Day at Imperial College, London. Can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScyTJJms7I8

  5. Invited talk at University of York, England, 5th November 2016. Talk title, " Converting Data to Decisions in India: The Field Practicum Model"

  6. Invited talk at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, England, 8th November 2016. Talk title, " Evidence based decisions for UHC in India"

  7. Invited talk at University of Liverpool, Department of Public Health and Policy, 1st November 2016. Talk title, " Lessons for UHC for India"

  8. Invited talk at University of Liverpool, Centre of Health Economics, October 28, 2016. Talk title, " Management strategies towards Universal Health Coverage in India"

  9. Invited speaker at the Health Sustainable Development Conference at Tehran organized by the Tehran University of Medical Sciences (24-25 April 2016).
  10. Invited speaker at the Prince Mahidol Award Conference at Bangkok (26-31 January 2016) on Priority Setting for Universal Health Coverage. Talk given on 'Research to Policy'
  11. Paper on 'Generic vs Branded Drugs: A study on the JAS in India' at the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and Public Interest.Delhi 15th- 17th Dec 2015.
  12. Invited talk on “A model for urban primary healthcare in New-Mumbai, India” in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm on May 21, 2013.
  13. Justice in Health Care: The SATHI Field Action Project Experience. Presented at the Asian Criminology Conference at TISS, April 14 -16, 2013.
  14. Presented paper on Contracting: A case study in NMMC at the TISS-LSE academic alliance workshop at LSE, London, April 6 - 8, 2009.
  15. Training sessions on Hospital Waste Management and Infection Control for Unilever Bangladesh, Chittagong, Bangladesh November 1 - 13, 2007.


 1. Invited speaker at the PGI-AIIMS National course on Public Health Approach to NCDs, Chandigarh, March 2-7, 2017. Title of talk “Policy interventions: Fiscal and Regulatory measures for sugar, salt and transfats”

2. Stakeholder consultative workshop on Health Technology Assessment at Delhi (25th-27th July 2016) organised by ICMR.

3. Invited speaker for plenary at the Public Health Symposium on UHC: A step towards sustainable development at PGIMER, Chandigarh, 9th March 2016. Title of talk, 'MDGs to SDGs: Lessons for UHC'

4. Invited speaker and session chair at the AIIMS-PGI National Course on Public Health Approaches to NCDs. Talk given on 'Policy in NCDs:DIABETES'. Session chaired on the theme 'Environment and NCDs'


1. Invited speaker as expert for Bihar State Round Table to address the Diabetes challenge, Patna, 17th April 2015.

2. Invited speaker and panelist for Gujarat State Round Table to address the Diabetes challenge Ahemedabad, 30th July 2015.


Changing Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Environment and the challenge of Affordable Quality Medicines organised by ISID and TISS, Mumbai, 13th July 2016.

Paper on 'Nepal India safe migration initiative for reducing vulnerability to STI/HIV/AIDS among Nepali migrants in Mumbai' at the Migration, Vulnerability and Health workshop scheduled on April 8 and 9 at TISS, Mumbai


Workshops and Trainings Organized

  1. Curriculum development workshop for MPH (Health Policy, Economics and Finance) at TISS, 2009.
  2. Field Practicum development workshop for MPH (Health Policy, Economics and Finance) at TISS, 2010.
  3. Infant and Young Child Feeding policy analysis workshop at TISS,  2014. This was part of South Asia Infant Feeding Research Network (SAIFRN) policy analysis project.
  4. Training on Indian health Systems, Policies and Economics got Novo Nordisk Education Foundation (2014-15)

Areas of research interest:

  1. Epidemiology and economics of NCD's.
  2. Economic evaluation of public health programmes.
  3. Health policy and systems  analysis
  4. Urban health (MCH, STI/HIV/AIDS, malnutrition, tobacco usage)


Currently guiding two Ph.D students and one M.Phil student. 

One M.Phil and three Ph.D students have graduated under his guidance.

Guided over 60 students in the Masters programme at TISS.




  1. Migration/Mobility and Vulnerability to HIV among Male Migrant Workers: Maharashtra . Mumbai: TISS.

      2. Situation assessment for STI/HIV/AIDS prevention and care for Nepali migrants and their families

          in Mumbai and Thane.

      3. Public Health Workforce in Maharashtra: An Assessment.

      4. Need Assessment study for reducing vulnerability to STI/HIV among Nepali migrants in Mumbai 

         and Thane,


Published Articles:

  1. Mukherjee K, Alan Haycox, Tom Walley. Health Technology Assessment: A Potential Roadmap for India.InternationalJournal of Medical Science and Public Health. 2017 6(5):1 -5. ISSN: 2320-4664.
  2. Mukherjee K. A cost analyis of the Jan Aushadhi Scheme in India. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 2017; 6 (7): 1-4. ISSN: 2322-5939.
  3. Mukherjee K. Health Technology Assessment for UHC in India. Available from: http://www.thedialogue.co/health-technology-assessment-for-uhc-in-india/
  4. Padmanabhan PS and Mukherjee K. Nutrition in Tribal Children of Yercaud Region, Tamil Nadu. Indian J Nutri. 2016;3(2): 148. ISSN: 2395-2326.
  5. Shah N and Mukherjee K. Economic effect of Coronary Heart Disease on Households in Mumbai. International Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 6(4): 184-188, 2016. ISSN: 2230-8598.
  6. Mukherjee K. MDGs to SDGs: lessons for UHC for India. Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 5(4), 2016. ISSN: 2277-9604.
  7. Mukherjee K. Need Assessment of STI/ HIV Vulnerability among Nepali Migrants in Mumbai. Epidemiology International. August 2016. 1(2):3-9. ISSN: 2455-7048.
  8. Mukherjee K. Role of Academic and Research Institutes in Addressing NCDs in India. Epidemiology International. August 2016. 1(2): 1-2. ISSN: 2455-7048.
  9. Chauhan AK and Mukherjee K. Economic burden of coronary heart disease in North India. International Journal of Non Communicable Diseases.July 2016. 1(1): 18-25.ISSN: 2468-8827.
  10. Mukherjee K. Research to policy: The field practicum model. Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health. June 2016. 5(2). ISSN: 2277–9604.
  11. Mukherjee K.Non-Communicable Diseases: Challenge in India, Domains for Action. The Dialogue. June 2016 http://www.thedialogue.co/non-communicable-diseases-challenge-india-domains-action/
  12. Mukherjee K. Diabetes in India: Perspectives on Awareness and Care. International Journal of Epidemiologic Research. 2016; 3(1): 95-97. eISSN 2383-4366.
  13. Jain M, Mukherjee K. Economic burden of breast cancer to the households in Punjab, India. Int J Med Public Health 2016;6:13-8. ISSN: 2230-8598.
  14. Mukherjee K. How can we achieve Universal Healthcare in India. The Dialogue. March 2016. http://www.thedialogue.co/how-can-we-achieve-universal-health-care-in-india/
  15. Mukherjee K. An intervention study to address chid undernutrition in an urban slum in New Mumbai. International Journal of Nutrition and Dietetics. Jan 2016. 3 (2):89-98. ISSN: 2347-5277.
  16. Mukherjee K. Study on tobacco consumption patterns and its determinants in an urban slum in New Mumbai. International Journal of Epidemiologic Research. 2015. 2 (4): 164-171. eISSN 2383-4366.
  17. Mukherjee K. Poverty as a cause and consequence of Ill health. International Journal of Epidemiologic Research. 2015. 2 (4): 209-220.eISSN: 2383-4366.
  18. Mukherjee K. DIABETES : A model to address its challenge in India, The Health Agenda. July 2015. 3 (3). ISSN: 2320-3749.
  19. Sharma C and Mukherjee K. Maternal Healthcare Providers in Uttar Pradesh, India: How to position Informal Practitioners within the system? Journal of Family and Reproductive Health. Dec 2014. 8(4), 183-88. ISSN: 1735-8949 (Print)ISSN: 1735-9392 (Electronic).
  20. Jadhav U, Mukherjee K and Lalwani A. Ethical Issues in the care of persons living with haemophilia in India. Indian Journal of Medical Ethics. October-December 2014. XI (4),223-7. ISSN: 0974-8466 (Print), ISSN: 0975-5691 (Online).
  21. Kumar D and Mukherjee K. Economic impact of type-2 diabetes mellitus on households in Hisar district of Haryana state, India. The Health Agenda. Oct 2014. 2(4),125-9. ISSN: 2320-3749.
  22. Mukherjee K. SATHI: An experimental model of urban primary healthcare. Global Journal of Medicine and Public Health. July 2014. 3(3). ISSN: 2277-9604.
  23. Mukherjee K and Amarnath Babu. Economic evaluation of Hospital Management Information Systems in Tamil Nadu. International Journal of Medicine and Public Health, 4(3), 269-274, July-Sep 2014. ISSN: 2230–8598.
  24. Mukherjee K. Malnutrition in under five children in Turbhe stores urban slums in Navi Mumbai. International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health, 3(9), 1127-31, June 2014. ISSN (online): 2277-338X; ISSN (Print): 2320–4664.
  25. Milli D and Mukherjee K. Public Private Partnership in Health : A study in Arunachal Pradesh. JDMIMSU. 9 (2), 90-93, June 2014. ISSN: 0974-3901.
  26. Mukherjee K. Knowledge, attitude, practices and access to care for HIV/AIDS among Nepali migrants in Mumbai. The Health Agenda, 2(1), 22-28, January 2014. ISSN: 2320-3749.
  27. Mukherjee K. and Koul V. Economic burden of coronary heart disease on households in Jammu, India. The Health Agenda, 2(1), 29-36, January 2014. ISSN: 2320-3749.
  28. Jadhav U, Mukherjee K and Thakur HP. Usage of Complementary and Alternative Medicine among Severe Hemophilia A Patients in India.  Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary & Alternative Medicine , 18(3), 191-197, July 2013. ISSN: 2156-5872.
  29. Mukherjee K. Book Review.HIV and AIDS in South Asia: An Economic Development Risk, edited by Haacker M and Claeson M. IJSW, 74(2),313-315, April 2013. ISSN: 0019-5634.
  30. Mukherjee K, Thomas L, Quazi SZ and Zodpey S. Medical Savings Account: Implications for consumer choice, individual responsibility and efficiency. International Journal of Medicine and Public health, 2(2), 7-14. April-June 2012. ISSN: 2230–8598.
  31. Mukherjee K. Contracting: Study of a model in an urban Municipal Corporation, India. Journal of Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, 7(1), 27-31, Jan-March 2012. ISSN: 0974-3901.
  32. Mukherjee K. Role of Private Health Care Sector in Kala Azar Elimination Programme. In Kala Azar: Emerging Perspectives and Prospects in South Asia, New Delhi: Mittal Publications, 2011. ISBN: 81-8324-355-X
  33. Mukherjee K. Cost effectiveness of child birth strategies for prevention of MTCT of HIV among mothers receiving Nevirapine, The Indian Journal of Community Medicine, 35(1), 29–33, 2010. ISSN: 0970-0218.
  34. Mukherjee K. Issues in market-oriented health care reforms in the context of developing countries. Journal of Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences, 3(2), 55–60, 2008. ISSN: 0974-3901.
  35. Thakur H, Chavhan S, Jotkar R and Mukherjee K. Developing clinical indicators for the secondary health system in India. International Journal for Quality in Healthcare, 20(4), 297-303, 2008. ISSN 1353-4505.
  36. Thakur H, Nakkeeran N, Mukherjee K and Yesudian CAK. Evaluation of NGO involvement in the cataract control programme in India. Journal of Preventive Medicine, 16(3-4), 19-32, 2008. ISSN: 1582-5388.
  37. Mukherjee K, Quazi SZ and Gaidhane A. Study of Infective Dermatosis among street children in Mumbai. The Indian Journal of Community Medicine, 31(2), 100–101, 2006. ISSN: 0970-0218.
  38. Mukherjee K and Hadaye RS. Study on gutkha consumption and its determinants among secondary school male students. The Indian Journal of Community Medicine, 31(3), 177, 2006. ISSN: 0970-0218.
  39. Thakur HP, Nakkeeran N, Mukherjee K and Yesudian CAK. Efficacy of involvement of NGO's in the  treatment of cataract. LMA Convention Journal-Public Private Partnership- Issues and Strategies, 2(1), 65-76, 2006.
  40. Quazi SZ, Gaidhane A, Mukherjee K, Shanbag SS and Pandit DD. Universal precaution and safe waste disposal among Private Medical practitioners (PMP’S) in a slum area of Mumbai. The Indian Journal of Occupational Health, 89-94, April-June 2001. ISSN: 0019-5391.
  41. Mukherjee K. 31st May-World No Tobacco Day 2001,Second Hand Smoke Kills-Lets clear the air. The Indian Journal of Occupational Health, 99-100, April -June 2001. ISSN: 0019-5391.

Completed Research and Training Projects:

1, Assessment of tobacco consumption and cessation in an urban slum in Navi Mumbai.

Funding agency: TISS Research Council

2.  Malnutrition in under- 5 children in Turbhe stores slums, Navi Mumbai.

Funding Agency:  TISS Research Council.

3. Migration, Mobility and HIV: Assessing the Patterns and Drivers of Migration/ Mobility of Male Migrants and Examining the links with HIV Risk.

Funding Agency: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

4. Visceral Leishmaniasis Treatment in India: Policy Implications for Action.

Funding Agency: World Health Organization

5. Evaluation of NGOs in World Bank assisted Cataract Blindness Control Project in states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Funding agency: Ministry of health and Family Welfare, Ophthalmology division, Government of India.

6. Developing clinical indicators for improving hospital performance among secondary referral system in Maharashtra.

Funding agency: World Bank

7. Coordinator for training programme for hospital administrators from Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh Health Systems development Project.

Funding agency: World Bank

8. Review of Professional Development Course in Management, Public Health and Health Sector Reform.

Funding agency: European Union

Completed Field Action Projects:

1. Targeted Intervention for HIV/AIDS among slum population. 

Funding agency: AVERT Society, Maharashtra.

2. In-school adolescent reproductive health project under Kalyan-Dombivili Municipal Corporation. 

Funding agency : UNFPA.

3. Nepal India Safe Migration Initiative for reducing vulnerability to STI/HIV among Nepali migrants in Mumbai.

Funding agency : USAID through FHI.

4. A Targeted Intervention for reducing vulnerability to STI/HI among sex workers and their clients in Turbhe Stores, Mumbai.

 Funding Agency : Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through FHI.

5. SATHI Sure start project on Maternal and Neonatal Health.

Funding Agency: PATH and NMMC

Ongoing Field Action Project:

1.SATHI Field Action Project for Community Capacity Development in Turbhe stores, New Mumbai.

Programme Convenor:

MPH in Health Policy, Economics and Finance (HPEF)


Courses Designed and Developed

  1. Health Technology Assessment for all Masters programme of SHSS.
  2. Introduction to Health and Health Systems for MPH (HPEF) programme
  3. Foundations of health policy and planning for MPH (HPEF) programme
  4. Policy analysis for health- for MPhil programme


Currently teaching: 

For M.Phil students:

1. Policy Analysis for health


For Masters students:

  1. Health Policy, Planning and Analysis
  2. Comparative Health Systems and Policies
  3. Economic Evaluation in Healthcare
  4. Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy


Courses taught:

  1. Management of National Health Programmes
  2. Health Management Information Systems
  3. Materials Management
  4. Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  5. Introduction to Health and Health Systems


Email: kanch[at]tiss[dot]edu

Professor and Chairperson

Centre for Heath Policy, Planning and Management

School of Health Systems Studies

Tata Institute of Social Sciences

V.N. Purav Marg


Mumbai- 400088

Ph: 91 22 25525533