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Anant Kumar, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor Public Health Leadership Program
Fulbright Scholar Public Health Leadership Program
Associate Professor Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi, India
Affiliate Global Gender Center, RTI International

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Dr. Anant Kumar is a Fulbright Scholar and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Public Health Leadership Program at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Kumar is an associate professor in the Department of Rural Management at Xavier Institute of Social Service (XISS) in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India. He is also an affiliate at the Global Gender Center, RTI International.

His areas of work and research interests are public health, women’s health, mental health, HIV/AIDS, population and reproductive health, international health, public health policy and leadership. Before joining XISS, Dr Kumar worked as a program officer with the Institute of International Education’s Population Leadership Program in India. Dr. Kumar is associated with various organizations and professional groups and has been published in several national and international journals.

Honors and Awards

Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence Fellow
2015-2016, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Grant to attend the 4th biennial International Conference on Creating Healthy Societies through Inclusion and Equity
2006, AusAid

Maternal and Child Health Institute Scholarship
2006, American Public Health Association

Speaker’s Travel Grant
2006, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Leadership Development Mechanism Fellowship
2005, Institute of International Education

Representative Courses

Politics and Policy in Public Health (PUBH 735)

Research Activities

Dr. Kumar's current research project focuses on the use of technology in promoting community public health, with a people's participation approach to public health. The project intends to understand how new technologies can be used to engage and empower communities to make local decisions about the health of their communities, which will not only increase community participation, but will also help in reducing the burden of disease in resource-constrained settings.

•    Public Health and Policy
•    Community Public Health
•    Use of technology in promoting community public health.
•    Leadership Development in Health
•    Mental Health

Service Activities

Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research: Member of the Board of Directors (2014-present)

Key Publications

Visionary Leadership in Health: Delivering Superior Value. Kumar, A., Jay Satia and Moi Lee Liow. (2014). SAGE Publication India Pvt. Ltd..

Complementing Gender Analysis Methods. Kumar, A. (2016). Journal of Evidence-Informed Social Work, Vol. 13(Issue 1).

Monument of Love or Symbol of Maternal Death: The Story Behind the Taj Mahal. Kumar, A. (2014). Case Reports in Womenʼs Health.

Violence against Women and Mental Health. Kumar, A., S. Haque Nizamie and Naveen Kumar Srivastava (2013). Mental Health and Prevention, 1.

Operations Research in HIV/AIDS. (2013). Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work, 10(4).


PhD, Public Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, 2007

MPhil, Public Health, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, 2001

MA, Psychology, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, India, 1999