Professor Sanjay Zodpey is the President, Public Health Foundation of India. He has served as Vice President - Academics, Public Health Foundation of India and led the Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi as its Founding Director. An institution builder, he played an important role in setting up Indian Institutes of Public Health across India. He has held joint appointment as Honorary / Adjunct Professor in five international universities: Georgia Southern University, Georgia; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA; The University of Sydney, Australia; Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia; and Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Lalitpur, Nepal.
He has served as Director of Indian Institutes of Public Health at Gandhinagar and Bhubaneswar. He has also served as Professor at Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Faculty in Clinical Epidemiology Unit and Vice Dean at Government Medical College, Nagpur, India.
He is a trained public health professional with multidisciplinary qualifications. He has acquired MD (Community Medicine), PhD and post-graduate qualifications in Sociology, Public Administration, and Economics. He was conferred ‘Doctor of Science (DSc) (Honoris Causa)’ by DMIMS Deemed to be University, Wardha for long-standing contribution to medical science and public health.
With over 425 publications, he features in top 2 percent scientists across the world for his research contribution in Tropical Medicine for three consecutive years as part of worldwide ranking of scientists in all science fields. He served as the Chief Editor of Indian Journal of Public Health. His current research interests include global health, health systems research, health workforce development and education of health professionals.
He is Honorary Member of Faculty of Public Health, UK and member of European Public Health Association. He is Fellow of the Indian Public Health Association, Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine, Indian Society for Malaria and Other Communicable Diseases and National Academy of Medical Sciences (India). He was the National President of Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine for two consecutive terms. He served as the Chairperson of Global Evaluation and Monitoring Network for Health. He is a Board Member of Routine Health Information Network, Inc [RHINO], Boston, USA. He was the Country Lead for Asia Pacific Network on Health Professional Education Reforms and Country Focal Point for Asia Pacific Action Alliance for Human Resources for Health. He has also served as Member on Institute of Medicine [IOM, Washington DC] Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education.
He was felicitated by Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Honorable Governor of Maharashtra with ‘COVID Warrior Award’ in appreciation of outstanding commitment, dedication, and selfless service. He is recipient of Public Health Education Leadership Award for significant contributions in promoting public health education in WHO’s South-East Asia Region.