Snehendu B. Kar, Dr.P.H.; M.Sc.
Professor of Public Health & Asian American Studies University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), USA
Current Positions: Dr. Kar is a Professor Emeritus of Public Health and of Asian American Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). He is the Founding Director of the Executive style MPH for Health Professionals (MPHHP) program at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He joined the UCLA as a full Professor in 1979 and had advanced to the highest step in that rank over a decade ago. Most recently, Dr. Kar served as the Distinguished Professor and Academic Advisor at the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) for assisting the PHFI in establishing academic degree programs and 6-8 schools of public health in India.
Previous Positions: Dr. Kar's Public Health career of over four decades includes academic research, graduate education, and academic leadership positions at three world class universities and public health schools in the United States. As the former Associate Dean and Chair of the then single-department School of Public Health (SPH) at UCLA, Prof. Kar was responsible for directing all academic programs of the eight academic divisions of the UCLA SPH with over 90 faculty members and over 620 graduate students. He also served as the Founding Director and the Chair of the Executive style MPH Program for Health Professionals (MPHHP) program in Community Health Sciences (CHS) at UCLA over a decade, as the Founding Director of the Office of Public Health Practice for a decade, as the Head of the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Division at the SPH, and the Chair of the Asian American Studies Interdepartmental program at UCLA. Prior to joining the UCLA, he served as an Associate Professor and Assistant Professor of Public Health and of Population Planning, and also as the Acting Chair of Population Planning CDEpartment at the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1969-79). Before coming to the USA, Prof. Kar served as an Assistant Director General of Health Services (Research and Evaluation), Deputy Assistant Director General, and as a Senior Research Officer at the Central Health Education Bureau, the Ministry of Health and Family Planning, Government of India, New Delhi (1960-1969); and as a Senior Research Officer at the Bihar Tribal Research Institute (1958-1960), in Ranchi, India.
Education: Prof. Kar has earned his M.Sc. degree in Psychology from the Science College of the University of Calcutta (now Kolkata), India; and his Doctorate (1966) and MPH (1964) degrees in Public Health and Social Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated at the top of his class at UC Berkeley. He is fluent in English, Bengali, and Hindi; and has working knowledge of several other languages including Urdu. He has also completed two senior Public Health Leadership Fellowship programs sposored by the Kellogg Foundation and jointly by the US Centers for Disease Control and the University of California at Berkeley.
Honors and awards: Prof. Kar's honors include awards/scholarships/fellowships from prestigious institutions including the Fulbright Commission scholarship, the Kellogg International Fellowship in Health, the Ford Foundation Population Communication Fellowship, the East-West Center Population Communication Fellow, a fellow of the Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health, the Smithsonian Population Institute, and the Public Health Leadership Institute (jointly sponsored by the US CDC and the University of California). He has been elected a fellow by three divisions of the American Psychological Association (APA) including the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI), and the American Psychological Society. He has presented several invited keynote addresses and plenary presentations in international scientific and professional conferences. He has received and directed several multinational research and training grants from the US and multinational organizations including he USPHS, WHO, UNESCO, Fulbright Commission, Kellogg Foundation, Ford Foundation, UC Pacific Rim Studies, and CDC. The “Rescatando Salud” (Save Health) project that empowered poor Latino women for promoting childhood immunization among immigrants directed by Dr. Kar and his colleagues won the National Award for Excellence in Addressing Health Disparities (in the USA) in 2001. He has also served on the Editorial Boards of leading journals, scientific research review panels (NIH & CDC), Governing Boards of non-profit organizations and has served as a visiting professor at major universities abroad.
Research and Professional experience: Dr.Kar's research focuses on population based health promotion and disease prevention (HPDP) with especial emphasis on cultural and psycho-social determinants of health, health communication and education; development of valid and culturally relevant indicators for public health program evaluation; empowerment and leadership development for public health; acculturation and quality of life among culturally diverse communties; and health promotion and education in multicultural communities. He has received and directed several multinational research and training grants sponsored by multinational organizations including the WHO, UNESCO, USPHS, Fulbright Commission, Kellogg Foundation, Ford Foundation, UC Pacific Rim Studies, and CDC. His substantive multi-national research and collaborative work were conducted in locations including Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, India, Japan, Kenya, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, USA, and Venezuela. As a WHO consultant and Fulbright scholar, he has developed and directed programs to promote research and evaluation competencies among public health faculty and professionals in several countries (with especial reference to development of leadership and contextually relevant and feasible indicators for evalution of HPDP interventions).
Scholarly Publications: Dr. Kar's reserach and scholarly publications include over one hundred and twenty five items including five books, peer-reviewed research papers in leading professional journals, commissioned keynote addresses, background papers for international conferences, and field research and evaluation reports on multinational and multicultural projects directed by him and his colleagues. The substantive domains of his research and publications include: (1) psycho-social determinants of health and family planning decisions and actons in multi-national populations, (2) health promotion communication strategies and evaluation in multi-cultural communities, (3) acculturation and Quality of Life (QOL) among Asian, Latino, African, and white communities in five nations, (4) empowerment of women for health promotion and better quality of life : meta-analysis of global grassroots movements led by powerless women that transformed their families and communities, (5) leadership development for public health in under-served communties, and (6) development of indicators of health promotion and primary health care program evaluation using participatory and consensus (Delphi) methods. Details including links are included in the "About me" link on this site.
Teaching: Graduate courses taught for over four decades in major US universities include: Doctoral Theory Seminar; Foundations of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education; Foundations of Community Health Sciences; Health and Population Communication; Research and Evaluation methods; Acculturation and Quality of Life; and Community Empowerment and Leadership Development. Dr. Kar also served as the Founding Director of the Executive MPH for Health Professionals (MPHHP) program at UCLA for more than a decade. In addition, he has directed several degree programs, chaired and guided doctoral and post-doctoral candidates, and has taught in need-based diploma and in on-the-job professional training programs. He has served in top academic leadership positions in the SPH and Asian American Studies at UCLA and at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Consultation Services: During his Public Health career over four decades, Dr Kar has served as a consultant in many nations in all continents for prestigious health related agencies including the United Nations, WHO,UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, Fulbright Commission, Ford Foundation, Smithsonian Population Institute, East-West Center (Hawaii), Kellogg Foundation, Pacific-Rim Research Center (UC), International Medical Corps, Western Consortium for Health Professions, Public Health Leadership Institute, Engineers without Borders, Association of Schools of Public Health, and international universities and research institutes. Substantive consultations and collaborative work were done in locations in nations including Argentina, Brazil, Burma (Mayanmar), China, Egypt, Geneva, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Philippines, Pakistan, USA, and Venezuela (Details avaulable upon request).
Other interests: Include literature, music, poetry, travel, promoting social justice, and empowering underserved minorities and women for better community health. Dr. Kar is also an award winning and published photographer who has participated in juried exhibitions nationally and internationally ( see the "My Photos" link above for selected images).
Full CV is available upon request