Contact Details

Phone: 01244722900
Shifalika Goenka
Professor, Head Bioethics and Social and Behavioral Sciences

A physician from TNMC, BLY Nair Hospital Mumbai, works to prevent non-communicable diseases through multi-sectoral, multi-disciplinary and multi-level approaches; measure and enhance physical activity through multi-sectoral action, including built environment, worksite health, communities, national indicators for physical activity, environment and health promoting cities, and SDGs. Equipped with a combined epidemiological, medical(clinical) and qualitative research training she is sensitive to the interplay between medicine, built and social environment, as well as the social, economic, and political drivers of health and the environment. She has worked with different stake holders and a wide range of providers and populations and also have intensive field experience working, at the ground level and with marginalized communities and populations. Her PhD was an ethnography with private general practitioners especially those practicing in marginalized localities in Delhi. She teaches, Non-Communicable Diseases and Public Health, Research ethics, Built environment for health, worksite health, Public Health Ethics and Law with high student ratings

Professional Affiliations

Delhi Medical Council, Medical Council of India, Indian Public Health Association, International Society for Physical Activity and Public Health, Global Observatory for Physical Activity, Global Advocacy for Physical Activity (GAPA).; Regional Correspondents – GlobalPANet,; ICMR Task force for prevention of NCDs in Schools, Editorial Board, Journal of Physical Activity and Public Health, Centre for Chronic Disease Control

Center Affiliations
  • PHFI
  • IIPHD
  • CCCI
  • CCCC
  • CEH
Research Summary and Interests

Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Obesity. Co-Author on the Lancet series on physical activity 1(2012) and 2 ( 2016); GoPA- the ‘Global Physical Activity Observatory’; Qualitative, processes in the M-well care trial- mHealth for multiple morbidities. Designed the health promotion component of one of the largest worksite, cardiovascular diseases primary prevention projects, involving 10 large industrial townships, across India.
Shifalika’s PhD was an ethnography with primary physicians, private practitioners, in Delhi.
Measurement and determinants of physical activity including built environment. Barometer, monitoring indicators for physical activity, policies and built environment changes for of physical activity and save the environment, are disabled friendly and age-sensitive. Publications on PubMed

Areas of Expertise
  • Non-Communicable Diseases(NCDs) and Injuries
  • Environmental Health
  • Primary Health Care
  • Health Promotion
  • Urbanisation/Urban Health
  • Disease Control/Disease Burden
  • Research Methods
  • Qualitative Research
  • Behaviour Change
Other Areas of Expertise