Professor Rohina Joshi

My Expertise

Health workforce in LMICS, Community Health Workers, Task-sharing for chronic disease management, Verbal autopsy, Health information systems in LMICs, Health Systems


Fields of Research (FoR)

Health systems, Workforce planning, Public health, Health informatics and information systems


Prof Rohina Joshi is the Global Health Research Lead at the School of Population Health, UNSW, Sydney. Rohina trained in Medicine (CMC, Ludhiana) and Public Health (SCTIMST, Trivandrum) from India and (University of Sydney) Australia and completed a Masters in Business Administration with specialisation in social impact (UNSW). Her research aims to strengthen health workforce and health information systems in order to deliver quality health...view more

Prof Rohina Joshi is the Global Health Research Lead at the School of Population Health, UNSW, Sydney. Rohina trained in Medicine (CMC, Ludhiana) and Public Health (SCTIMST, Trivandrum) from India and (University of Sydney) Australia and completed a Masters in Business Administration with specialisation in social impact (UNSW). Her research aims to strengthen health workforce and health information systems in order to deliver quality health care. Rohina serves as a Senior Technical Advisor for the Bloomberg Philanthropy funded Data for Health Initiative, Mortality in India through Verbal Autopsy and the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease Scale up Working Group. 

My Grants

  1. WHO SEARO: Analyse Workload Indicator for Staffing Needs for Eleven countries in South Asia. USD 21,000. Role PI
  2. WHO: Systematic literature review to appraise the evidence on the appropriate skill mix and task distribution for noncommunicable disease service delivery by the health workforce. USD $52,000.00 Role: PI
  3. WHO SEARO: Conduct an options analysis to understand excess mortality due to COVID-19 in the Indian sub-continent. USD $30,000.00 Role: PI
  4. Elrha Research for Health in Humanitarian Crises (R2HC) programme. (Wellcome trust, UK AID and NHS) GBP 719,036 Caring for carers: A psychosocial supervision intervention to improve the quality and sustainability of MHPSS services in humanitarian contexts. 2021 (Investigator)
  5. DBT/ Wellcome Trust India Alliance 9.15 Crore ($1.6M) Scaling-up The COmpetency of Primary Care Workers to Manage Epilepsy by Task-Sharing (STOP-Epilepsy) 2021-2025 (Co-Investigator)
  6. Gates Foundation, 90,000 USD. Contract through the PHC Research Consortium to understand the delivery of comprehensive primary healthcare through the primary health care teams in India, Mexico and Uganda (2020-2021)
  7. The George Institute Seed Grant. 48,000AUD R Joshi, A Blake, A Tesema, W S, Ajisegiri. A systems approach to understanding and improving the delivery of primary healthcare through non-physician health worker teams in Sub-Saharan Africa. (2018-2019)
  8. Ariadne Grant 25,000 USD Development of reports on gaps in PHC research and implementation in LMICS to accelerate improvement. D Peiris, S Jan, R Joshi, D Praveen, D Nambiar, S Abimbola, A Palagyi, M Tan. (Jan –June 2018)
  9. Pfizer Foundation Grant USD 1,000,000 Patel A, MacMahon S, Jha V Joshi R, Praveen D, NCD control in India and Indonesia using SMARThealth tools. (Jan 2016 – June 2017)
  10. NHMRC-GACD 2016-2019. Patel A, et al.  Joshi R (AI) A lifestyle intervention programme for the prevention of type 2 diabetes mellitus among South Asian women with gestational diabetes mellitus APP 1093171 $1,256,499
  11. Marie Bashir Institute, University of Sydney. Joshi R, Negin J, Patel A, Jha V, Jan S, Abimbola S, Praveen D. Integrating Chronic Disease Management in rural India. AUD 20,000
  12. Baxter Grant Starter Kit. Jha V, John O, Joshi R, Jan S, Gallagher M, Knight J USD 150,000
  13. Ivers R, Norton R, Jagnoor J, Harvey L, Joshi R, Jan S, Rogers K. Barisal drowning reduction program. Royal National Lifeboat Institution, UK. 600,000 GBP
  14. NHMRC 2015-2018. APP 1084657 Patel A, Peiris D, Saini B, Joshi R, Usherwood T, Armour C, Webster R, Lo S. An integrated general practice and pharmacy-based intervention to promote the prescription and use of appropriate preventive medications among individuals at high cardiovascular risk. $2,296,358.
  15. 2014 School of Public Health, University of Sydney. Seed funding for integration of primary health services in low and middle income countries. $4000.
  16. NHMRC 2012-2015. APP 1040030 Thrift M, Oldenburg, Chow C, Thomas N, Thankappan K, Maulik P, Srikanth V, Mahal A, Evans R, Joshi R. Improving the control of hypertension in rural India: Overcoming the barriers to diagnosis and effective treatment. $1,033,835.
  17. NHMRC 2012-2015. APP 1040147 Periris D, Patel A, MacMahon S, Prabhakaran D, Clifford G, Maulik P,  Joshi R, Jan S, Heritier S, Rahimi K. A smart phone based clinical decision support system for primary health care workers in rural India. $930,239
  18. NHMRC 2013-2016. APP1042290 Chow CK, Brieger D, Hillis G, Redfern J, Turnbull F, Thiagalingam A, Barzi F, Joshi R. TEXTMEDS – TEXT messages to improve MEDication adherence and Secondary prevention. $1,419,808.00
  19. International Diabetes Federation. 2009-2011. Tandon N, Prabhakaran D, Patel A, Reddy P, Joshi R, Desai A. Prevention of type 2 diabetes in women with gestational diabetes in urban India – a feasibility study. USD 64,890
  20. National Health and Medical Research Council: 2009-2012. Program Grant 571281 ($12,119,660) Chief Investigators: MacMahon S, Chalmers J, Neal B, Woodward M, Anderson C, Patel A, Turnbull F. Associate Investigators: Barzi F, Heeley E, Jan S, Joshi R, Hertier S. Generating the evidence for new strategies to combat cardiovascular diseases.
  21. Future Forum. Cardona M, Chow C, Joshi R, Neal B.  Outcome evaluation of a community based initiative to improve cardiovascular disease identification and management in rural India. US$ 40,000 September 2005

My Qualifications

MBBS, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

MPH, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, India

PhD, University of Sydney, Australia

Certificate in Executive Management and Development, AGSM, UNSW


My Awards

2020           Sax Institute Research Action Award to making a significant impact on health policy, programs or service delivery. 

2013           The George Institute Award for Humanitarian Commitment in Research.

2007           The John Chalmers Doctoral Award for outstanding research undertaken during doctoral studies, The George Institute for International Health, Sydney, Australia

2002           First in the University examinations for the Masters in Public Health program, Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Kerala, India

2001           Pfizer award for securing highest marks in the Final Professional Examinations, Ludhiana, Punjab, India

2000           Dr. CM Singh Memorial Gold Medal for standing First in Surgery in College and University examinations in Nov 1999

2000           Dr. Ajit Bhattacharya Memorial Silver Medal for obtaining the Second highest marks in all Professional MBBS combined together

2000           LD Thapar and Smt Gomti Thapar Silver Medal for standing First in Final Professional MBBS examination in Nov 1999

2000           Mrs and Dr. SS Satija Diamond Jubilee Silver Medal for obtaining the second highest marks in all Professional Examinations in first attempt as a regular student

2000           Dr VC Rambo Prize for standing first in Ophthalmology in college examinations

2000           Dr. ME Tucker First prize for standing first in college examinations in the final Professional year of MBBS

1999           First in the Final Year Professional Examination, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana

1999           First for obtaining the highest marks in Forensic Medicine in the Professional Examinations

1996           Distinctions in the subjects of anatomy and physiology, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana

My Research Supervision

Supervision keywords

Areas of supervision

Health Systems, Health workforce, Task-sharing, Health information systems, Verbal autopsy, CRVS

Currently supervising

Primary supervisor for 2 students (2016-2019)

Joint primary supervisor for 3 (2018-2021); (2019-2022)


My Teaching

Course Co-Convenor Global health and development, UNSW

Guest Lecture: Rural and Remote International Health (PHCM9609), UNSW,

Guest Lecture: Health Information Systems MIPH, (2015-ongoing) University of Sydney; CVD epidemiology, MPH, (2015) University of Sydney,

Global NCD Control’ Unit Coordinator for the Masters of International Public Health degree at The University of Sydney. This role includes scheduling the time table, inviting guest speakers, organizing reading material, giving lectures, marking assignments and moderating in class and online discussions, communicating with and providing feedback to students. (2009-2017)

Scientific expert for the Verbal autopsy web-based training course funded by NHLBI United Health Global Health Centers of Excellence.

Training Physicians and Non-physicians in countries in Verbal autopsy Methods under the Data for Health Initiative

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