N S Prashanth

Honorary Associate, Other Initiatives



I am a medical doctor with an interest and specialisation in public health. I work at the Institute of Public Health, Bangalore. For my PhD at ITM, Antwerp, I am studying health care organisation and management at the district level in Tumkur district of Karnataka in south India. I am studying how capacity-building of health managers at the district level could lead to positive organisational change (see paper based on protocol). And for this, I am using an emerging theory-driven evaluation approach called realist evaluation (see the reading list of RE that I maintain on Mendeley or ITM’s dossier on theory-driven evaluation). My other research interests within public health are mainly in primary health care, district health management, health financing, mental health and eHealth.

After my medicine, I worked in an ngo that is engaged with development work in a tribal area called br hills in southern Karnataka. I continue to write about my work there. I subsequently worked in primary health centres in Karnataka and Arunachal Pradesh. Most of my travels have been to forests and my work at br hills has been the origin and the consequence of my passion for wildlife, especially birds, stemming from a larger interest in natural history and biology itself. I try to keep this alive by birdwatching, reading and writing about this.

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