Ramesh Bhat

Shreelata R. Seshadri

Godwin Sree Kulakkal

Joint Secretaries
K S James &
Nilanjan Bhore

Pradeep Agarwal


Indian Health Economics and Policy Association


Indian Health Economics and Policy Association (IHEPA) is a professional body registered under the Societies Registration Act 1960. The need to have a formal body which would serve as a platform for discussing and sharing intellectual ideas pertaining to the Indian health sector was strongly felt by a group of like-minded health economists and policy experts. Over a period of four years, this group discussed, met and exchanged ideas towards the formation of an Association. The IHEPA is the culmination of this process, and has been created to enable economists and other social science researchers, policymakers and practitioners to exchange, deliberate and discuss key issues and strategies in the health sector, in India as well as globally.


A vibrant and dynamic association that encourages and facilitates the exchange and sharing of knowledge, ideas and experience among researchers, policymakers and practitioners working in and on the health sector


  • To offer a platform for learning, knowledge-sharing and networking to all those interested in contributing towards a more equitable and efficient health sector.

  • To bridge the gap between research and practice by bringing together researchers/academicians and policymakers, both national and international.

IHEPA welcomes young scholars and researchers, grassroots practitioners, the private sector and community-based organizations to become part of the organization, so that all views and experiences can be heard, debated and imbibed, if found useful.

While an Indian association, IHEPA would equally like to reach out to the international community of researchers, experts, managers and policymakers, and include them in its fold to make it into truly global associaion.

Organizational Setup

Governing Council (GC) constituted by the General Body of the Association manages the functioning of IHEPA. GC is composed of eleven members, including the Office Bearers. The Advisory Committee and the Organizing Committee of IHEPA assist the Governing Council on various issues of the Association.


The registered office of IHEPA is at the Centre for Multidisciplinary Development Research (ICSSR Institute), Dharwad, Karnataka.


Membership of the Association is open to all individuals and institutions engaged and interested in contributing towards evidence-based discourse and discussion relating to the health sector. Membership is in the following categories: Individual-Annual, Individual-Life, Institutional-Annual, Institutional-Life and Student.

IHEPA welcomes all to join and strengthen the association to make it a vibrant and productive body of excellence in health research and policy.

For membership application form and other details please refer below, and for any addtional queries please contact