Azim Khan, PhD

Dr. Azim Khan is a professor of global health and human rights. He is director of SIT’s International Honors Program in human rights and co-chair of the MA in Global Health at School for International Training. He received the prestigious Ford Foundation International Fellowship for Human Rights for academic excellence, leadership, and commitment to the community in 2003. In 2007, he was awarded a Scholar of Peace fellowship by the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  

In a career spanning more than 23 years, Dr. Khan has worked with universities in India and the U.S., teaching law, human rights, public health, and sustainable development. The primary focus of his work has been to create global citizenry through international education.   

He pursued his doctorate degree in health, gender, and human rights from Aligarh Muslim University, where he focused his thesis on sex-selective abortions and effectiveness of prenatal diagnostic techniques legislation in India. He has earned two master’s degrees; an MA in human rights from the University of London and Master of Laws from Aligarh Muslim University, in addition to a Bachelor of Laws with distinction in constitutional law from the University of Lucknow. 

Before joining SIT in 2008. Dr, Khan worked as professor and a law school dean, and as a political analyst for the U.S. government. He was a facilitator for Ford Foundation’s Leadership for Social Justice Institute in Washington, DC, in 2006. Besides being a committed academic practitioner and policy influencer, he has worked as a consultant and researcher for international nonprofit organizations, including the United Nations. 

Dr. Khan was lead writer for a shadow country report on India for the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (UN CERD). He is the founder of a K-12 school in his rural community, which was ranked in government records as one of the most educationally and economically challenged areas in India.    

Dr. Khan is a member of Global Alliance for Justice Education (U.S.), a fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health (UK), a fellow of the Public Health Association of India, and a member of the International Federation on Aging (Canada) and the Clinical Legal Education Association (U.S.).

See Dr. Khan’s full list of publications

Courses Taught

Graduate Courses
Crisis and Healthcare Delivery
Field Method and Ethics in Health Sciences
Global Health Seminar Series 

Undergraduate Courses
Field Methods and Ethics in Health Science
Health Rights in Asia

Select Publications

Khan., A. (1998). The Girl Child in Crisis. New Delhi. India Indian Social Institute 

Book Chapter
Naseem’s Story 
Khan., A. (2008). In Johnson., D. & Johnson., E.J. (Ed). Building a Pluralistic Nation-Naseem’s Story. In Through Indian Eyes. New York, USA The Eyes Books Series. 

Khan., A. (2021, August). Investigating Health Justice Indicators and Advocating Institutional Interventions: Ground Zero Reproductive and Child Health Assessment in District Bahraich- Uttar Pradesh in India. Journal of Exclusion Studies, 11(2).165-181

Khan., A. (2016, January). Socio-cultural and Knowledge-Based Barriers to Tuberculosis Diagnosis for Women in Bhopal, India. Indian Journal of Community Medicine, 41(1)

Khan., A. (2011, February). Educational, Economic and Social Status of Muslims in Western Uttar Pradesh. Journal of Exclusion Studies. 1(1). 2231-4547

Khan., A. (2006, January-March). International Human rights law on Torture after September 11. Indian Journal of International Law. 46(1)

Khan., A. (2006, August 26). Hashimpura Massacre Trial begins: can justice be expected? Mainstream Weekly

Khan., A. (2006, July). U.P Farmers pay Heavy Price: A Fact finding of Police brutality. Mainstream Weekly

Khan., A. (1998). Illegal Abortions and Women’s Reproductive Health. Medical Law International. Oxon 

Khan., A. (1998). Human Rights of Indigenous Populations. Legal News and Views. Indian Social Institute

Khan., A. (1998). Constitutional Goals for the Education of depressed class and New Education Policy. Law Review. Department of Law, JNPG College Lucknow

Khan., A. (1997, October- December). Female Infanticide: Rapping of the Right to Life. Civil and Military Law Journal. Rajouri Garden, New Delhi, India. Deep & Deep Publications

Select Presentations

Khan., A. (2021, October 08). Global Cooperation, National Strategies, and Civil Society the COVID-19 Context. Tulane University, New Orleans, USA. Online 

Khan., A. (2021, October 06). Lightning Rounds on Teaching Cultural Humility around the Globe. The Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, Oregon, USA. Online 

Khan., A. (2021, April 26). Ramapo Global Talks on COVID-19 and Human Rights of Minorities in India. Ramapo College, New Jersey, USA. Online 

Khan., A. (2021, April 7). Rethinking the Good Life: A Global South Perspectives on Health and Well-being organized by School for International Training, Vermont, USA. Online 

Khan., A. (2019, November 14). Caste and Gender as Social Determinants of Health in India to the students of Medical Anthropology at Wofford College, South Caroline, USA

Khan., A. (2019, November 12). Ethical Considerations for Global Health Research and Internship at Global Health Justice Partnership. Yale Law School and School of Public Health, Yale University, Connecticut, USA 

Khan., A. (2019, April 17). Indian Health System: Challenges and Opportunities. Williams College, Massachusetts, USA

Khan., A. (2021, January 24). Identification of Principal Foundations for Global Peace. Institute of Objective Studies, New Delhi, India

Khan., A. (2019, April 13-14). Comprehensive community based maternal & child health model. Unite for Sight’s 16th Annual Global Health & Innovation Conference, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Khan., A. (2018, February-March). Thai Health System and Universal Health Coverage. Faculty of Public Health. Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

Khan., A. (2012, April 11-12). Universal Health Coverage: Advancing the Agenda and Addressing the Challenges. The Health Economics Association of India & Public Health Foundation in India. New Delhi, India

Khan., A. (2004, February 28). Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Education. Faculty of Law, AMU. Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India. Aligarh, India 

Khan., A. (1997, December 14-16). The Rights of AIDS Patients. International Conference on Global Health Law. The Indian Law Institute & the World Health Organization. New Delhi, India

Research Interests

Right to health (health and human rights)
Governance of health system of India and role of frontline health workers
Health policy advocacy for the protection of human rights of aging population in India  


  • PhD, Aligarh Muslim University
  • MA, University of London
  • LLM, Aligarh Muslim University
  • LLB, University of Lucknow
  • BA, Avadh University
Azim Khan, PhD

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