Dr P Arathi Rao

Associate Professor; Coordinator - MPH Programme; Coordinator - Manipal Health Literacy Unit

Department of Health Policy


    o    Overall coordination of MPH Programme

    o    Conducting funded research studies

    o    Mentoring postgraduate and under graduate students

    o    Developing manuscripts for peer reviewed journals, abstracts for conferences and workshops

    o    Research methodology

    o    Support to students and faculty members to develop abstracts, manuscripts and reports

    o    Teaching, Lesson Planning and Syllabus revision

    o    Conducting conferences and workshops on relevant topics

    o    Practical, and Field visits


Subject Semester / Year
Basic and Applied Epidemiology Year I
Basics of MCH Year I
Policies & Legislations in MCH Year I
Global Issues in MCH Year I


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) Epidemiology MAHE, Manipal 2020
MPH Epidemiology MAHE, Manipal 2011
DGO OBG Mysore Medical College 1999
MBBS Medicine Bangalore Medical College 1995


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
Dept of Health Policy, Prasanna School of Public Health Associate Professor Coordinator – MPH Programme Jan 2020 till date
Dept of Health Policy, Prasanna School of Public Health Assistant Professor Coordinator – MPH Programme Aug 2018-Jan 2020
Dept of Public Health Assistant Professor April 2013- August 2018
KMC International Centre Course Coordinator Sep 2011-March 2013


Area of Interest

Maternal health, adolescent health, IEC activities, BCC activities, socio-economic issues in population, stakeholder analysis

Area of Expertise

Quantitaive research, disability studies, mother and child nutrition

Area of Research

Epidemiology of communicable and non-communicable diseases among women and children, Operational & implementation research

Professional Affiliations & Contributions




Manipal Health Literacy Unit, Prasanna School of Public Health, Manipal Academy of Higher Education


2018 till date

Global health and Humanitarian Medicine, Manipal Academy of Higher Education in collaboration with Medecins Sans Frontieres

MAHE Coordinator

2018 till date


Work Experience

·         SC1-BHC-17-2020 - DBT-H2020 on PRESCRIP-TEC, Prevention and Screening Innovation Project Towards Elimination of Cervical cancer project as a Co-Principal Investigator from MAHE, - approved for funding by European Commission - Grant agreement in progress

·         External Monitor for WHO for Pulse Polio National Immunisation evaluation, January  2015

·         External Monitor for Special Newborn Care Unit  Evaluation for Southern districts of Karnataka – National Health Mission, Govt of India, March 2015

·         Recipient of Erasmus ICM  faculty exchange travel grant  as a visiting faculty to  Department of Public Health, Tampere University, Finland – June 2019

·         Recipient of Erasmus ICM  faculty exchange travel grant to Global health Unit, Department of Health Sciences, University Medical Centre Groningen, University of Groningen, The Netherlands – December 2019

A cross sectional study to assess the stigma associated with tuberculosis among tuberculosis patients in Udupi district, Karnataka.

October 2017 R Shivpujimath A P Rao P Narayanan

Indian Journal of Tuberculosis, Oct 2017: 64(4): 323-326. doi: 10.1016/j.ijtb.2016.10.002.

Contraceptive choices following first childbirth among working women in Udupi taluk.

2019 P Kamath A P Rao P Narayanan

Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health. 2019,7(1):1-5.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cegh.2017.10.008

Prevalence and predictors of postpartum depression among mothers in rural areas of Udupi taluk – A cross sectional study.

2019 A Agarwal A P Rao P Narayanan

Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health. 2019,7(3):342-345. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cegh.2018.08.009

Awareness & utilization of NIKSHAY and perceived barriers for tuberculosis case notification among the private practitioners in Udupi district, Karnataka.

2020 S Dey A P Rao A Kumar P Narayanan

Indian Journal of Tuberculosis. 2020, 67(1):15-19. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijtb.2020.01.004

Growth, sexual development and menstrual issues among girls with cerebral Palsy – A cross sectional study in a tertiary care centre.

2019 A P Rao H Shah S Guruvare V Guddattu

Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health. 2019,7(3):367-371. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cegh.2018.08.003

Qualitative analysis of impact of congenital hand differences among children visiting a tertiary care hospital.

2019 D Thampi A K Bhat A P Rao N Vyas M Gore

Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health. 2019,7(3):413-417. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cegh.2018.11.006

Factors affecting exclusive breast feeding among working mothers in Udupi Taluk.

July 2018 S Chhetri A P Rao V Guddattu

Clinical Epidemiology and Global Health. July 2018. Vol 6(4): 216-219.  https://www.researchgate.net/cegh.2018.06.008

Reproductive health education intervention to impact awareness and decision making among parents and caregivers of adolescent girls with cerebral palsy: a systematic review.

May 2019 A P Rao H Shah N Vyas R Vijayamma N Ravishankar

Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development. May 2019. Vol 10 (5): 120-124. Doi: 10.5958/0976-5506.2019.00981.1

Body fluids, body contacts and behaviors in focus: A post COVID scenario for evolving a sustainable health behaviour package.

April 2020 K R Nayar S Chowdhury A P Rao

Assessing health literacy among health health sciences students in a coastal town of South India – A cross sectional study.

June 2020 A P Rao K Sumit S Mahalingam M Sophia S K Sikaria K Lobo Y Shireesha

Indian Journal of Public Health Research and Development. June 2020: 11(6): 85-89. ( In Press)