Snehendu B. Kar

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Professor Emeritus, Department of Community Health Sciences
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Contact Information
36-081C, CHS
Areas of Interest: 

Multicultural health communication, global health education and promotion, and women's empowerment and leadership development

Dr. Kar is a Fulbright-Nehru Distinguished Chair (Global Health), Professor Emeritus of Public Health and Asian American Studies, and the Founding Director of the Executive MPH program (CHS) at the Fielding School of Public Health (FSPH), University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Previous positions: As the former Associate Dean and Chair of the then single-department school, Prof. Kar was responsible for leading graduate programs of eight academic divisions of the FSPH. Most recently he served as the Distinguished Professor and Academic Advisor at the Public Health Foundation of India in New Delhi. He also served as the Head of the Behavioral Sciences and Health Education Division, and the Chair of Asian American Studies at UCLA. Before joining UCLA, Kar served as Associate Professor of Health Education and Population Planning at the School of Public Health, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Before coming to the USA, Prof. Kar served as the Assistant Director General of Health Services (Research and Evaluation) at the Ministry of Health and Family Planning, Govt. of India, New Delhi; and as a Senior Research officer at the Bihar Tribal Research Institute, Ranchi, India.

Education: Kar earned his M.Sc. degree in Psychology from the University of Calcutta (now Kolkata), India; and his Doctorate and MPH degrees in Public Health and Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley. He is fluent in English, Bengali, and Hindi.

Honors and awards: Kar graduated at the top of his class at UC Berkeley. His other honors include scholarships/fellowships from the: Fulbright Commission, Kellogg International Fellowship in Health, Ford Foundation Population Communication Fellowship, East-West Center Population Fellowship, Delta Omega Honor Society in Public Health, Fellow of the Public Health Leadership Institutes (CDC/ Univ. of California), and elected fellow of three divisions of the American Psychological Association. He has presented several invited keynote addresses in international scientific and professional conferences. The “Rescatando Salud” (Save Health) project that empowered poor women for promoting childhood immunization in Latino communities, directed by Dr. Kar and his colleagues, won the National Award for Excellence in Addressing Health Disparities in the USA in 2001.

Research and Scholarly specialties: include Social Determinants of Health, Empowerment of Women for promoting health and quality of life, Multicultural Health Communication, Leadership development, and health promotion in multicultural and underserved communities. He has directed several multinational collaborative projects in Brazil, Egypt, India, Japan, Kenya, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, USA, and Venezuela.  His current research includes Self-Organized Women’s Movements for empowerment and health promotion. He is an award-winning and published photographer engaged in application of creative photography as a means for promoting spirituality and community health.

Publications: Dr. Kar has over a hundred and twenty peer-reviewed publications including six books and research papers in leading journals. He has authored background papers for and delivered keynote addresses at two WHO sponsored international conferences on women and health. His most recent books are: Empowerment of Women for Promoting Global Health and Quality of Life: A Meta-Analysis, (Oxford University Press: 2016); and Coming and Going: Poems and Songs of Rabindranath Tagore (The Bee Books/Patra Bharati, Kolkata, India: 2015) that presents Kar’s translation of spiritual poems of the Nobel Laureate Indian poet/ philosopher Tagore coupled with his award-winning photos. For other publications please visit his google scholar page

Teaching: Graduate courses taught include: Health Behavior and Health Education; Foundations of Community Health Sciences; Multicultural Health Communication; Health Promotion Indicators and Evaluation, Acculturation and Quality of Life; and Community Empowerment.

Community Services: Dr. Kar has served as a consultant in numerous nations for leading Global organizations including the: United Nations/WHO, UNESCO, UNICEF, Fulbright Commission, Smithsonian Institute, East-West Center (Hawaii), Kellogg Foundation, Ford Foundation, 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 (2016).

Selection of Videos:

Rescatando Salud - Community Empowerment for Childhood Immunization Program in LA 

UCLA World Health Day

DrPh, University of California - Berkeley
MPH, University of California - Berkeley
MSc (Psychology), University of Kolkata, India