PROF Ajay Mahal

PROF Ajay Mahal


  • Health Systems Financing, Health and Development, Economic Evaluation, Modelling



  • Ajay Mahal is a Professor of Health Economics and Health Systems at the Nossal Institute for Global Health in the University of Melbourne. From 2010 until 2015, he was the Alan and Elizabeth Finkel Chair of Global Health and Professor at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. Previously, he was an Associate Professor of International Health Economics in the Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Mahal holds degrees from Columbia University (Ph. D in Economics, 1995) and the University of Delhi (M.A. (Economics), 1986; B.A. (Economics), 1984). Prior to his appointment at Harvard, Dr. Mahal was the Principal Economist (Human Development) at the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER) in New Delhi. He also holds a visiting professorial appointment at the Public Health Foundation of India (New Delhi). His recent research has focused on evaluation of health system interventions. However, his interests span a range of economically relevant questions pertaining to household and national level impacts of (ill) health, health system implications of ageing, human resources for health, fiscal-federalism and health, and social protection. He has also been engaged in collaborative research that marries work on clinical epidemiology with household economic outcomes. He has authored over 100 journal articles, book chapters and books, including a much-cited Institute of Medicine (US National Academy of Sciences) report on preventing HIV transmission among injection drug users. He serves on the editorial boards of 4 journals (Journal of the Economics of Ageing, Infectious Diseases of Poverty, Health Systems and Reform and International Journal of Non-communicable Diseases. Professor Mahal has mentored a large number of students during his professional career. He is currently supervising (or co-supervising) 3 doctoral students; and has supervised (or co-supervised) 13 students to compl   


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Education and training

  • Dr., Columbia University 1995



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