Dr Usha Rani

Assistant Professor - Senior Scale

Cultural Coordinator, PSPH

Department of Health Innovation


    Dr. Usha Rani is an Assistant Professor-Senior Scale in Dept of Social & Health Innovation, PSPH, MAHE, Manipal. She is a Respiratory Therapist with post-graduation in Hospital Administration and a Ph.D. in the area of 'Infection control and prevention through system process mapping and re-engineering the process'. She has worked on Infection prevention and control among neonates and developed antimicrobial policies. She has published more than 20 scholarly publications indexed in Scopus & Web of Sciences and has obtained 2 international grants, and also holds an IPR.

    She has completed 40+ projects and organized 20+ National and International conferences and workshops in healthcare. She is a member of the board of study (BoS) for the MHA programme. She holds certificates on Lean six sigma (Green and Black Belt) from IASSC accredited Anexas Europe, NABH-POI from Quality Council of India, QMS (ISO 9001: 2015), and EMS (ISO 14001:2015) from Suprabha Quality Solutions, Biostatistics, Epidemiology & Research Methodology, systematic analysis, and meta-analysis from MAHE. She is also the awardee of the Individual Research grant by the International Society for Infectious Diseases and is the recipient of the Young International Health Literacy Award 2018 by the Asian Health Literacy Association, Taiwan.

     She is the cultural coordinator for PSPH. She is also a Ph.D. Co-supervisor.


Subject Semester / Year
General Management Year 1 - Block 1
Non-Clinical Services and HIS Year 1 - Block 5


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
Ph.D Development of prevention bundles for Neonatal healthcare associated infections Manipal Academy of Higher Education April 2021
Master in Hospital Administration (MHA) Hospital Administration Manipal Academy of Higher Education July 2014
Associate of Respiratory Therapy (ASRT) Respiratory Therapy California College of Health Sciences (USA), Independence University (USA) Dec 2008
Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy (BSc RT) Respiratory Therapy Manipal College of Allied Health Sciences, MAHE July 2008
Diploma in Anaesthesia Technology Anaesthesia Technology St. Stephen’s Hospital, Delhi Christian Medical Association of India July 2003


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka, India Assistant Professor- Senior Scale Teaching, Cultural Coordinator, Research Jan 2021 – Present
Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Karnataka, India Assistant Professor Teaching, Cultural Coordinator, Research, QMR/IMR/APHEA coordinator Jan 2015 – Jan 2021
Max Super Specialty Hospital, Delhi, India Respiratory Therapist and Research Coordinator Pulmonary Rehabilitation (IP & OP) & Research March 2010 – April 2012
Fortis Flt. Lt. Rajan Dhall Hospital, Delhi, India Respiratory Therapist Critical Care Support & Pulmonary Rehabilitation Oct 2008 –Feb 2010
Manipal Group of Hospitals, Karnataka, India Intern - Respiratory Therapist Critical Care Support & Pulmonary Rehabilitation August 2007- July 2008
Delhi Heart & Lung Institute, Delhi, India Junior Technician Critical care technical assistance August 2003 – July 2004


Area of Research

Infection Prevention & Control, Antimicrobial Policy Development, Healthcare reform, Mother and Child Care, Healthcare system re-engineering

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

  • Institutional Management Representative (2019-2020) and APHEA coordinator for PSPH. 
  • Member Indian Association of Respiratory Care (IARC), since 2022.
  • Member Board of Studies- MHA program since 2016, Prasanna School of Public Health, MAHE, Manipal.
  • Secretary to Academy of Hospital Administration (AHA) Mangalore-Manipal Chapter since 2018. 
  • Associate life member of National Neonatology Forum since 2019.
  • Life member of Epidemiology Foundation of India since 2019.
  • Active Member Asian Health Literacy Association since 2018.
  • Member of International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISOPR) 2016-18.
  • Member of European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) 2018. 

A Descriptive Cross-sectional Study of Knowledge of Doping at Grassroot Level in India.

2021 Sivakumar Kannan Anup Naha Robindra Ramnarine Singh Punit Bansal Vinod C Nayak Sandeep Goud Usha Rani

Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology.

Assessment of knowledge, attitude and practices among dental practitioners on methods of infection control while carrying out dental procedures during novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

2021 Neetha Shenoy Vasudev Ballal Usha Rani

Pan African Medical Journal. 

Development of an algorithm to prevent neonatal Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs): A multimodal approach.

2021 U. Rani L. Lewis K. Chawla

International Journal of Infectious disease.