After completing M.Phil in Economics from Vanivihar, Utkal University, Dr Rout obtained Ph.D in Health Economics from the Centre for Economic and Social Studies (CESS), Hyderabad in 2012. He has more than 12 years of experience in public policy research including health care financing, national health accounts, health system development, and issues related to human development. Since 2011 he has been working with PHFI as a research scientist and is involved in several research pro studies related to economics of tobacco, health cost studies, health care financing and national health accounts. He had prior experience in working with the Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Government of India, Save the Children and other national level organizations. He was the principal researcher in the preparation of the second round of National Health Accounts report with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. In 2006, he was awarded a fellowship known as Health Population Innovation Fellowship Programme (HPIFP) provided by the Population Council, New Delhi (formerly MacArthur Foundation’s Fund for leadership development) and worked on financing health care and service delivery issues in Odisha. In 2013, he received a scholarship to attend Global Tobacco Control Leadership Programme, organized by John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, John Hopkins University, USA.
Excluding research studies, he is involved in teaching health economics IIPH -Delhi, training national health accounts and budget analysis. He has published papers in peer reviewed journals and edited books on health care financing and national health accounts. Recently he authored a book on Health care systems in Odisha published jointly by Academic Foundation and Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi