Manas Ranjan Behera

Associate Professor

Dr. Manas Ranjan Behera has a diverse work experience of about 13 years in the areas of public health teaching, research, program implementation and management. He has worked in various positions primarily with Government, NGOs such as State Health Resource Centre, Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT), UNAIDS and multiple teaching institutions. Prior to joining School of Public Health, KIIT University in 2018, he was engaged in public health academia and research for five years at an international academic institute in Thailand. Dr. Manas has earned Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree from Mahidol University, Bangkok. He is a Veterinary Science graduate with two master’s degrees– Master of Public Health (MPH) from University of Leeds, UK and Master of Health Administration (MHA) from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Dr. Manas has also completed post graduate certificate programs in ‘Global Health’ from Imperial College, London (UK), and ‘One Health’ from University of Geneva among others. He has authored about 17 published papers in peer reviewed journals and received research grants to his credit. He has also recipient of International Ford Foundation fellowship award. In the year 2020, he received the Best Researcher award form ScienceFather and also got awarded with Excellence (Public Health – Innovative Research and Awareness) during 5th International Heath Care Awards by TIME CyberMedia among others. He has also invited as international guest speaker to various universities such as Coventry University, UK, Mahidol University and Kesetsart University, Thailand to name a few. His research interest includes human resource for health, one health, healthy ageing, injuries and accidents.

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Educational Qualification
Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Health Administration (MHA), Bachelor of Veterinary Science (BVSc)

Research Interests
Health System Research, Global Health, Human Resources for Health, One Health, Healthy ageing, Urban Health
Journals/Conferences :
1. Behera D, Praveen D, Behera MR. Protecting Indian Health Workforce during COVID-19 Pandemic. J Fam Med Prim Care 2020. Vol.9, No. 9, pp.4541-4546. DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_925_20
2. Behera MR, Behera D and Satpathy SK. Planetary Health and the Role of Community Health Workers. J Fam Med Prim Care 2020. Vol. 9, No.7, pp.3183-3188. DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_328_20
3. Behera MR, Behera D and Prutipinyo C. Examining the relationship between living conditions, work environment and intent to stay among nurses in current posts in rural areas of Odisha state, India. Bangladesh Journal of Medical Sciences 2020, Vol.19, No. 3, pp. 527-536. DOI:
4. Behera MR, Prutipinyo C, Sirichotiratana N, Viwatwongkasem C. Retention of medical doctors and nurses in rural areas of Odisha State, India – a policy analysis. International Journal of Workplace Health Management 2019, vol.12, No.4, pp.178-196. publication
5. Behera MR, Prutipinyo C, Sirichotiratana N, Viwatwongkasem C. Living conditions, work environment and intention to stay among doctors working in rural areas of Odisha State, India. Ann Trop Med and Public Health 2018; 11 (3),pp.70-77. DOI: 10.4103/ATMPH.ATMPH_338_17
6. Behera MR. Health and Policy environment of internal labour migrants in India – a literature review and future direction. Int J Cur Res Rev 2018; 10 (19): 1-7. DOI:
7. Behera MR, Prutipinyo C, Sirichotiratana N, Viwatwongkasem C. Interventions for improved retention of skilled health workers in rural and remote areas. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017; 10:16-21. DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.205591
8. Behera MR, Prutipinyo C, Sirichotiratana N, Viwatwongkasem C. Strategies for retaining health-care professionals in rural areas of India. Ind J Pub Health Research and Dev 2017; 8 (1) 73-79. DOi: 10.5958/0976-5506.2017.00016.X
9. Behera MR, Behera D and Pusapukdepob J. Quality of life among Elderly population in Bungsan and Ongkarak Sub-district, Nakhon Nayak Province, Thailand. Journal of Health Research. 2015; 29 (6):425-31. DOI:10.14456/jhr.2015.35. Emerald publications.
10. Behera D, Sivakami M and Behera MR. Menarche and Menstruation in Rural Adolescent Girls in Maharashtra, India: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Health Management. 2015; 17 (4):510-519. doi:10.1177/0972063415612581. Sage publications.
11. Behera MR and Behera D. A Critical analysis of the term Universal Health Coverage under Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals. Ann Trop Med Public Health. 2015; 8 (5): 155-158. DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.162660