Profile: S.V. Subramanian

S V Subu Subramanian is Associate Professor at the Department of Society, Human Development and Health, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and a faculty associate at the Harvard Institute of Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA. His research interests are in the field of social and contextual determinants of population health, health inequalities, and applied statistical methods.

Dr. Subramanian received his PhD in geography from the University of Portsmouth, UK. Subu was the recipient of the 1999-2000 David E. Bell fellowship based at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. In 2005, Subu received the National Institutes of Health Career Development Award to pursue research on the social and contextual determinants of asthma.

Subu has published over 220 original articles and book chapters in the fields of social epidemiology, applied multilevel methods, and health inequalities in India. His research has been published in high impact international journals including BMJ, JAMA, PLoS Medicine, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Pediatrics, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, International Journal of Epidemiology, AJPH, Social Science Medicine, among others.

Subu is a Senior Editor of the international journal Social Science Medicine. He is also an editorial consultant to The Lancet. He is a permanent member of the National Institutes of Health Community Influences on Health Behavior (CIHB) Study Section. He has served as an external reviewer for all the major journals and for several major funding institutions in the US and abroad.

At HSPH, Subu currently serves as a member of several key institutional committees. He was amongst the first at Harvard to develop a course on the concept and application of multilevel statistical methods, which he has been successfully teaching since 2001. He has lectured and conducted workshops internationally on multilevel models. He has advised over 75 masters, doctoral and postdoctoral students as mentor, academic advisor or dissertation committee member.

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Updated: February 2011