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Dr Mathew George

Assistant Professor , Mumbai campus

Chairperson - Centre for Public Health, School of Health Systems Studies
Qualification

M.P.H. (MGU), M.Phil., Ph.D. (JNU)

Mathew George is Assistant Professor with the Centre for Public Health, School of Health Systems Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. He has a basic training in Public Health with a doctorate in Social Medicine and Community Health from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) New Delhi. His background in public health has created a keen interest in developing a social epidemiological approach in public health as it is relevant in Indian context. Currently he is engaged with research on the scope of restructuring the Indian Health Services System from a public health perspective. As a passion he is also engaged in the field of Sociology of Health and Illness with special emphasis on the sociology of medical practice and medical knowledge in biomedicine and also interaction between multiple systems of medicine.

 

  • Restructuring of Indian health services from a 'public health' perspective

  • Interaction of bomedicine and other medical systems 

  • Anthropology of Biomedicine

  • Social Epidemiological approach in Public Health

George, M (2016) Health care Norms under Universal Health Care (UHC) for Maharashtra: Relieving Illness and Ensuring Public Health, Journal of Health Management, 18, 4, 569-583. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0972063416666163.
George, M (Book, 2017) Institutionalizing Illness Narratives: Discourses on Fever and Care from Southern India, Springer, ISBN: 978-981-10-1904-3 (Print) 978-981-10-1905-0 (Online), http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-981-10-1905-0
George, M (2016) Being Fair in Universal Health Coverage: Prioritize Public Health Services for Low- and Middle- Income Countries, Invited Commentary, Global Health Forum, American Journal of Public Health, May 2016, vol 106, no. 5, 830-831.
George, M (2015) Book Review: V Sujatha: Sociology of Health and Medicine: New Perspectives, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2014, Sociological Bulletin, 64, 2, May-August 2015.
George, M (2014) Re-instating a 'Public Health' System under Universal Health Care in India, available at http://www.palgrave-journals.com/doifinder/10.1057/jphp.2014.37
George, M (2014) Book Review: V Sujatha and Leena Abraham (eds): Medical Pluralism in Contemporary India, New Delhi: Orient Blackswan, 2012, Sociological Bulletin, 63, 2, May-August 2014.
George, M (2014) How Not to Modernize Alternative Medicine Systems, Commentary, Economic and Political Weekly, vol. XLIV, no.32, 30-32.
George, M (2014) Book Review: Mahesh Ananth: In Defense of an Evolutionary Concept of Health: Nature, Norms and Human Biology, Ashgate, 2008, Medicine Studies,DOI10.1007/s12376-014-00889, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12376-014-0088-9
George, M. (2014) Heterogeneity in Private Sector Health Care and its Implications on Urban Poor. Journal of Health Management, 16 (1), 79-92.
George, M. (2012). We Need a Robust Public Health System. Commentary, Future Medicine, 1 (6), 55-57.
George, M. and Sujay Joshi (first author) (2012). Healthcare through Community Participation: Role of ASHAs. Economic and Political Weekly, 47 (10), 70-76.
George, M. (2011) Fever epidemics and fever clinics: Institutionalising disease and cure in contemporary Kerala. Contributions to Indian Sociology, 45 (3), 373-397. Sage Publications.
George, M. (2011) The Role of Basic Laboratory Services in Strengthening Primary Health Centres. Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, 8 (3), 161-163.
George, M. (2010). Voice of Illness and Voice of Medicine in Doctor-Patient Interaction. Sociological Bulletin, May- August, 159-178.
  • Being a member of Maharashtra Universal Health Care (UHC) group, worked on preparing a guideline for rolling out UHC in the State of Maharashtra, India primarily focussing on ensuring essential public health functions (EPHF) and developing health care norms based on prevalence of reported morbidity.
  • A projct entitiled “Review of the MNCHN Program of Apnalaya to Improve MNCH Services in Mumbai Slums” was carried out during October 2011.
  • A project entitled “User’s Perceptions about Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy therapies for Diabetes” was carried out funded by Real Medicine Foundation during 2010-11.

For Masters

  • Social Science Perspectives in Health
  • Evolution of Health Services
  • Health Policy and Systems Research 

Predoctoral (M Phil)

  • Medical Anthropology and Public health
  • Theoretical Perspectives on social Sciences in Health

Email: mathewg[at]tiss[dot]edu