Public Health Practice

Engagement with Professional Bodies/ Government


  • Member of Chartered Class, National Board of Public Health Examiners, USA.
  • Certified in Public Health, National Board of Public Health Examiners, USA (Currently valid)
  • Member, NCD Technical group, World Health Organization & CCDC, India

National Level

  • Member, NCD Core Technical Group, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India
  • Member, Nursing Council of India, Core group for curriculum for Nursing Health Practitioner


  1. Initiated and was the founding member of Karnataka State Core Group on Routine Immunization.
  2. Member, Committee to create Public health department and cadre in the state of Karnataka.
  3. Member, of the Board of Studies, Department of Public Health, Manipal University
  4. Member, Public Health Cadre and Department reorganization, Government of Karnataka.
  5. Member, Executive Committee of Karnataka State Health System Resources Centre, Bangalore.
  6. Committee member, Karnataka Public Health (Act) Committee, Govt. of Karnataka
  7. Member, Karnataka Private Establishments Act amendment, Government of Karnataka
  8. Member, Technical Group, Rolling out Universal Health Coverage, Karnataka
  9. Member, State level core committee for prevention of blindness and diabetic retinopathy, Govt. of Karnataka
  10. Member, District level core committee for prevention of blindness and diabetic retinopathy, Govt. of Karnataka
  11. Member, State level committee for review and amendment of Karnataka Private Establishment Act, Govt. of Karnataka
  12. Coordinator, Sub-committee on strengthening primary care for health task force, knowledge commission, Govt. of Karnataka
  13. Advisory Committee Member of Nutrition project, Ashoka Innovators for the public, Bengaluru

Community Service

  • Used Social media to effectively disseminate information regarding public health issues. Nominated for Best on Twitter by Health System Global awards for Social Media, 2014. I run two papers termed as “Epi Times” ( and Public health times, which are aggregator newsletters to regularly collects epidemiology-related news from around the world
  • Use of Social Media in Public Health: Experience with Public Health in India- A Facebook group.
  • Blogs on Public Health Global Network Link: Published on Nov 17, 2011
  • Regular articles in Media regarding the use of public health principles in promoting human health. link to detailed articles can be found here.

Awards and Accolades

  • Led the efforts to stop wild poliovirus transmission in Karnataka state.
  • Awarded by Rotary International for outstanding contribution to Polio eradication activities.
  • Advocacy for Measles surveillance in India, which led to Multi-Year Plan for Measles elimination in India


  1. Consulted to World Health Organization for Reprioritization of Diseases under India Surveillance Program
  2. Represented and contributed at National level consultation. “Prioritising Newborn and Child Health: A Policy Advocacy Initiative to Build Informed Consensus and Mobilise Support by Translating Evidence to Action”. 23-24 November, 2010, New Delhi
  3. Consultation provided to proposed Karnataka Public Health Act
  4. Consultancy to WHO SEARO, for finalization of “Handbook on Public Health Programs at the District Level”, for South East Asia Regional Office-WHO (SEARO) to be implemented by all the SEARO countries.
  5. Task Force for developing Karnataka Public Health Policy (KPHP) Karnataka Jnana Aayoga

External Academic service

  1. External Examiner, Ph.D. Examiner to New South Wales (Sydney), Australia
  2. External Examiner, PGDPHM, JIPMER, Pondicherry
  3. External Examiner, Department of Public Health, Manipal University.

 Keynote Address

  1. Giridhara R Babu, National Conference on Health, Safety & Well Being of the workers in Unorganized sector/informal economy, Central University of Tamilnadu, 23rd March 2017
  2. Giridhara R Babu, Analysis of Universal Health Coverage and Pointers for Future”. 3rd November 2012. 24th Annual Conference of KACH. Karnataka Association of Community Health Professionals. Bagalkote, India.
  3. Giridhara R Babu, Keynote address on scope of public health and social work in India. Public Health and Social work in International settings. International conference on Global Public Health and Social work- DYUTI 2013. 4 January 2013
  4. Giridhara R Babu, Social Determinants of Health, Right to Health & Health Equity. International conference on Global Public Health and Social work- DYUTI 2013. 5 January 2013

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