Prof. Sanjay Zodpey presently works as Vice President - Academics, Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI), New Delhi and also holds leadership position as Director at Indian Institute of Public Health, Delhi. He also served as Director of Indian Institutes of Public Health at Gandhinagar and Bhubaneswar. Earlier he worked as Professor at Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Faculty in Clinical Epidemiology Unit and Vice Dean at Government Medical College, Nagpur, India. He also holds joint appointment as Adjunct Faculty at Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University, Georgia, Adjunct Professor in Public Health Leadership, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, Honorary Professor, Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney, Australia, Honorary Professor, School of Health and Social Development, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, Adjunct Faculty, Faculty of Biological Sciences, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, CSIR, Chennai and Visiting Professor of Public Health, Patan Academy of Health Sciences (PAHS), Lalitpur, Nepal.
By training he is a physician, public health specialist, and epidemiologist and has completed all his medical education - MBBS, MD and PhD from Government Medical College, Nagpur, India. He has also acquired post-graduate qualifications in Sociology, Public Administration and Economics from Nagpur University. He is Fellow of the Indian Public Health Association (IPHA) and Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM). He is the Chair of Global Evaluation and Monitoring Network for Health [GEMNet-Health] and provides leadership to several public health initiatives globally through this network. Recently, he has been appointed Board Member of Routine Health Information Network, Inc [RHINO], Boston, USA. He is a member of various technical task forces and academic committees constituted by Universities, Professional Councils and State and Central Government.
Prof. Zodpey has been involved in several major national and international research initiatives, which have contributed significantly to the field of public health. His collaborative, context specific and solutions-oriented approach to public health is respected worldwide. He is currently engaged in several research projects related to maternal and child health, vaccines and human resources for health. He is the Chief Editor of Indian Journal of Public Health and Associate Editor of Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion. He is also the Chair of Research Advisory Council of National Institute of Miners’ Health, Ministry of Mines, Government of India.
His current professional interests include global health, health systems research, maternal and child health, vaccines, health workforce development and education of health professionals. Prof. Zodpey is involved in designing and implementing several capacity development initiatives including on-campus and distance learning academic programs at PHFI. He is the Country Lead for Asia Pacific Network on Health Professional Education Reforms [ANHER] and Country Focal Point for Asia Pacific Action Alliance for Human Resources for Health [AAAH]. Earlier, he served as Member on Institute of Medicine [IOM, Washington DC] Global Forum on Innovation in Health Professional Education. As the voice of academic medicine and public health he also speaks extensively on the need to transform health professional education for creating competent and motivated health professionals.