Shubha Kumar, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor of Clinical Population and Public Health Sciences

Associate Vice Provost for Online Learning

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Shubha Kumar, Ph.D., M.P.H., is Associate Professor of Clinical Population and Public Health Sciences (PPHS) and Associate Vice Provost for Online Education at USC. She also serves as the Director of Online Program Initiatives in PPHS and formerly served as the Founding Director of the Master of Public Health Online Program and Director of Education at the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health. Her professional and research interests include management and leadership in global health and development, program planning & evaluation, health systems strengthening, and best practices in knowledge transfer and health education. She has successfully led the design and oversight of several programs in higher education, healthcare, disaster relief, as well as launched an international humanitarian NGO for which she was the Chief Operating Officer. She is most well-known for her expertise in impact evaluation of global health and development interventions, particularly Social Return on Investment (SROI) Analysis. She has lectured and consulted nationally and internationally, as well as developed the first distance education module on SROI. Dr. Kumar earned her B.S. in Biology, and M.P.H. and Ph.D. in Healthcare Management & Policy from the University of California Los Angeles.


  • Establishing Competencies for a Global Health Workforce: Recommendations from the Association of Pacific Rim Universities Ann Glob Health. 2019 03 26; 85(1). . View in PubMed
  • Competency-Based Education in Low Resource Settings: Development of a Novel Surgical Training Program World J Surg. 2018 03; 42(3):646-651. . View in PubMed
  • Workplace wellness programming in low-and middle-income countries: a qualitative study of corporate key informants in Mexico and India Global Health. 2018 05 09; 14(1):46. . View in PubMed
  • A novel methodology for strengthening human rights based monitoring in public health: Family planning indicators as an illustrative example PLoS One. 2017; 12(12):e0186330. . View in PubMed
  • Assessing value-for-money in maternal and newborn health BMJ Glob Health. 2017; 2(2):e000310. . View in PubMed
  • Social Return on Investment (SROI): An Innovative Approach to Sustainable Development Goals for Sexual and Reproductive Health Programming in sub-Saharan Africa Afr J Reprod Health. 2016 Sep; 20(3):85-93. . View in PubMed
  • Human rights and the sexual and reproductive health of women living with HIV–a literature review J Int AIDS Soc. 2015; 18(Suppl 5):20290. . View in PubMed