Areas of Interest & Expertise
- Interface of Social Sciences with Public Health
- Public Mental Health
- Health System Research
- Social Capital
- Technology and Human Behaviour
- Group Psychology
- Health Communication
Prashant Kesharvani has ten years of teaching and research experience. Prior to joining the University, he worked as an Assistant Professor at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Guwahati campus for more than nine years. He also worked as a research consultant at the Department of Communication Research, Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi.
He pursued a master’s degree in Psychology with a specialisation in social psychology from University of Allahabad and a PhD in Social Sciences of Health from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. His PhD work attempts to understand the role of social capital in public health. He also received the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund (JNMF) Doctoral Scholarship to pursue his PhD.
The course covering the basics of epidemiology, tools used in epidemiology and application of the tools for better decision making.
It is a skill based course that would take students through the processes of how to design, monitor and evaluate public health programs
This course examines the health policy landscape and applies health systems frameworks to understand real-world public health concerns
Learn how to define a problem, design research, collect data and present findings.
- Kesharvani, P., & Sarathy, K. (2020). Living in a protracted conflict area: Mental health burden of women in Manipur, India. Psychological Studies, 65, 445 – 454. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12646-020 – 00581‑9.
- Bamezai, G., Kesharvani, P., Yumnam, B., Goswami, S., Pradhan, A., Roy, A., & Ambade, B.N. (2011). Impact of internet on changing patterns of newspaper access and news-reading habits in India. Media Asia, 38(2), 110 – 121. ISSN-0129 – 6612.
Chapter in Edited Book
- Sarathy, K., & Kesharvani, P. (2020). Caregiving in the context of protracted conflict in Manipur, India: Understanding the strains, pains, and gains. In A.K. Sarkar & S. Dhar (Eds.), Contextualizing Peace: Experiences of Contemporary India and Neighbouring Countries. Manak Publications.
- Kesharvani, P., & Sarathy, K. (2016). Mental health services in protracted conflict area of Manipur, India: Understanding the challenges for policy makers. Second International Conference on Public Health, 2, 52 – 59. https://tiikm.com/publication/ICOPH_2016_conference_proceedings.pdf
- Priya, R., Sarkar, A., Abraham, L., Kesharvani, P.,& Unnikrishnan, P. (2022, February 18). COVID-19 urban middle class survey highlights need to recognise people’s agency and address trust deficit in policy making. The Arena. https://www.thehinducentre.com/the-arena/current-issues/article38250272.ece
- The Holistic Health Systems Research Network (HHSRN). (2022). Health seeking behaviour and experience of the lockdown among the Indian urban middle class in early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic: A survey across ten cities. https://hhsrn.org/spotlight/Health-Seeking-Behavior-and-Experience-of-the-Lockdown-among-the-Indian-Urban-Middle-Class-in-Early-Phase-of-the-COVID-19-Pandemic-A-Survey/2911/
- World Wide Fund For Nature India. (2021). Assessment of factors driving coexistence of local communities with rhino in adjoining villages of Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary, Assam.
- World Wide Fund For Nature India. (2019). Psycho-Social Need Assessment of Community Conservation Volunteer at Manas National Park, Assam, India.
- Department of Communication Research (DECORE). (2013). Role of Public Information campaigns (PIC) in promoting flagship programmes. Indian Institute of Mass Communication.
- Department of Communication Research (DECORE). (2012). Impact assessment of DFP’s programme for improving mother and child health. Indian Institute of Mass Communication.
- Department of Communication Research (DECORE). (2012). Evaluation of media-based promotional programmes for Naxal Management in LWE affected areas. Indian Institute of Mass Communication.
- Department of Communication Research (DECORE). (2010). Newspaper in the Age of Internet: Current Trends and What Lies in the future. Indian Institute of Mass Communication.
- Department of Communication Research (DECORE). (2009). Evaluation of multimedia campaign on HIV/AIDS. Indian Institute of Mass Communication.