Utsuk Datta, MD

Dr. Utsuk Datta is a physician with an MD in community medicine and is recognized as public health expert in India. He served on the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), one of the premier public health research institutes in India. He then spent 28 years as a senior faculty member in the National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW), the apex institute of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India, where he was responsible for training and teaching public health professionals, research, policy development, and advocacy in the field of public health. Currently, he is working as a consultant epidemiologist for the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) in India. He has been connected to various international organizations including Nuffield Institute of International Health in the UK, the Harvard University School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health in the US, World Bank Institute, and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Courses Taught

Indian Health Policy, Design, Systems, and Management
Global Health Seminar Series

Select Publications

Status Paper on “Health Care services in India” in the book published 50th anniversary of independence by NIHFW

Editorial write-up on “Malaria – People’s Programme” published in NIHFW Bulletin Volume-II, Number 3, September 2000 issue

Report on “Monitoring of Leprosy Elimination Programme” 2002 

Report on the Study, “Evaluation of All India Hospital Post Partum Programme” 

“Knowledge, attitudes and Practices of Community in Anti-Malaria Activities in a Delhi Slum” Health and Population-Perspectives and issues: 27(2) 95-116, 2004 

Training Policy on health for Health Personnel of Health and Family Welfare Ministry, Government of Bihar. 2007

“Human Resources for Public Health in India – Issues and Challenges” Health and Population Perspective and Issues 30 (4): 230-242, 2007 

“Role of Reorientation training in Enhancement of the knowledge regarding Growth Monitoring Activities by Anganwadi Workers in Urban Slums of Delhi” IJCM, Vol. 33 No. 1, P 47-49, March, 2008 

“Perception Regarding Quality of Services in Urban ICDS Blocks in Delhi” Indian Journal of Public Health Vol.52 No3, P 156 -158, July – September, 2008 

“An Assessment of Process and Performance of Vijaya Raje Janani Kalyan Bima Yojona in MP” Health and Population-Perspectives and issues: 31(2) 98-105, April – June 2008

Research Interests

Governance of health systems of India
Strengthening health policy
Community mobilization for effective public health management
Capacity-building of human resources for health 


  • MD (Community Medicine) Jiwaji University
  • Diploma in Clinical Pathology, Jiwaji University
  • MBBS, Jiwaji University
Utsuk Datta, MD

SIT Graduate Institute

Affiliated Faculty, India

MA in Global Health

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