Contact Details

Phone: 9937162455
Dr Sarit Kumar Rout
Associate Professor

I have around 16 years of experience in public policy research related to health, education and human development issues. During the initial years, I started working on fiscal policy and public spending on social sector and for the past one decade, I have been focusing on health sector: health financing, national health accounts, health care delivery and economics of tobacco. With a Ph.D in Health Economics, I am well versed in research methodology, data analysis using advanced statistical tools and have experience in managing a number of multi-disciplinary research projects. In 2006, I received a fellowship known as Health Population Innovation Fellowship Programme (HPIFP) provided by the Population Council, New Delhi (formerly MacArthur Foundation’s Fund for leadership development), which gave me an opportunity to examine health care delivery in a tribal district of Odisha. In my Doctoral thesis, I worked on financing and health service delivery in the two districts of Odisha, which helped me, understand the issues related to public financing and delivery of health care services in rural areas. As a lead researcher in the National Health Accounts Process with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, I was instrumental in bringing out the second round of National Health Accounts Report. In the recent years, I have been working on tobacco control issues, specifically on the economics of tobacco: tax policy, economic burden of diseases, alternative livelihood opportunities for the workers and farmers engaged in tobacco cultivation. I am also engaged in research related to costing and cost effectiveness of health care interventions. Excluding research studies, I am involved in teaching health economics, financing and policy, training on national health accounts, costing and budget analysis.

Professional Affiliations

Associate Professor IIPH Bhubaneswar
works closely with PHFI senior and Middle level researchers

Currently Member of IHEA
Health Economics and Policy Association
Member of Health Policy Group

Center Affiliations
  • PHFI
  • IIPHB
Research Summary and Interests

Health financing and policy
National and state health accounts
Health cost studies
Economics of Tobacco ( Tobacco Taxation, Fiscal policy, Livelihood situation of Tobacco workers)
Health systems
Health Policy
Health Insurance
Economic Evaluation

Areas of Expertise
  • Tobacco Control
  • Health Policy and Planning
  • Health Economics
  • Health Financing
  • Health Promotion
  • Implementation Research
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Health System