Sarita Bhalotra

Professor Emerita

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Office: Heller-Brown Building 246
Phone: 781-736-3960
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Global Health, Health Care Management, Health Services Research, Health Policy, Aging, Women's Health,


  • HS 276f - World Health
  • HS 333f - Global Health Sector Reform
  • HSSP 102a - Global Perspectives on Health
  • WMGS 106b - Women in the Health Care System


  • Brandeis University
  • Clark University
  • University of Delhi

Sarita Bhalotra

Professor Emerita


Dr. Bhalotra is an Associate Professor at the Heller School, Brandeis University. She is also on the core faculty of the Women and Gender Studies program, and she is an affiliate of the South Asian Studies Program. She received her medical degree from Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi University, New Delhi, India, and is certified by the United States Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates. She holds a Master's degree in Health Administration from Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts. Dr. Bhalotra was a Pew Health Policy Fellow at the Institute for Health Policy, Brandeis University, and received her doctorate in Social Welfare Policy (Health) at the Heller School, Brandeis University. Dr. Bhalotra has lived in the U.S. since 1975, and is a naturalized U.S. citizen.

Dr. Bhalotra is an experienced health services researcher, policy analyst and educator. In addition to serving as the Director for the Undergraduate Program at Heller, she also is Associate Chair of the interdisciplinary major, Health Science, Society, and Policy. Her educational activities include Committee work on PhD dissertations, and advising students in graduate programs, as also Brandeis' undergraduates. Among the management and policy classes that she teaches and has taught are Global Health Sector Reform, Women in the Healthcare System, Managed Care, Health Services and Policy (U.S.); Evaluation, World Health, Quality Management in Health Care Organizations, Ambulatory Care Management, Management of Health Care Organizations, the MBA Cornerstone Course on Social Justice and Management, the MBA Capstone Course in Social Policy and Management, and the MS Capstone Course in International Health Policy and Management. She also teaches Global Health to undergraduates. She developed and was Director for the Brandeis Health Leaders' Program for physicians, sponsored by the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Bhalotra has lived in the United States since 1975, and is a naturalized citizen.

Awards and Honors

  • Bertha Reynolds Fellow, Smith College School for Social Work (2008)
  • China Faculty Study Abroad Award (2006)


  • Bhalotra, Sarita, Ruwe M, Strickler GK, Hurley C, Ryan A. "“Disparities in Utilization of Coronary Artery Disease Treatment by Gender, Race and Ethnicity: Opportunities for Prevention”." “Medicare’s Lifestyle Modification Program Demonstration: Lessons in Policymaking". Ed. Shepard, Donald S. Jones and Bartlett, 2009
  • Bhalotra, Sarita, Shepard Donald S. "Recruitment into lifestyle modification programs: a cross-Atlantic perspective.." The Future of UK Health: Burdens, Challenges and Opportunities,. Ed. Morris, Z. Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, Ltd, 2009
  • Bhalotra, Sarita. ""Chapter 6: Prevention",." Developing an Interdisciplinary Approach to Health Management for Older Adults. Ed. David Satin, MD. NY: Oxford University Press, 2009
  • Shepard, Donald S, Bhalotra, Sarita. "Conclusion." “Medicare’s Lifestyle Modification Program Demonstration: Lessons in Policymaking”. Ed. Shepard, Donald S. Jones and Bartlett, 2009
  • Bhalotra S; Ruwe MB; Strickler GK, Ryan A, Hurley C. "Disparities in utilization of coronary artery disease treatment by gender, race, and ethnicity: opportunities for prevention." Journal of National Black Nurses' Association : JNBNA (J Natl Black Nurses Assoc) 2007 Jul; 18(1): 36-49 (2008).
  • Cohen, N, Bhalotra S, Chilingerian JA. "Implementing an Advanced Surgery Program at a Tertiary Care Regional Medical Center: Leading Change and the Liabilities of Newness." INSEAD Business Case, European Case Clearing House, July 2007 (2008).
  • Capitman, J., Bhalotra, S., Ruwe, M.. Cancer and Elders of Color: Opportunities for Reducing Health Disparities: Evidence Review and Recommendations for Research and Policy. Burlington VT: Ashgate Publishing Company, 2005.
  • Bhalotra, S.. "Book Review: How Healthy Are We? A National Study of Well-Being at Midlife (edited by OG Brim, CD Ryff, RC Kessler)." The New England Journal of Medicine 351. 23 (2004): 2460-2461.
  • Bhalotra, S.. "Book Review: Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor (by P Farmer)." Psychiatric Services 55. 8 (2004): 950.
  • Capitman, J., Bhalotra, S., Calderon-Rosado, V., et al.,. CMS Cancer Prevention and Treatment Demonstration in Ethnic and Racial Minorities. Heller School, Brandeis University. Waltham, MA: 2002.
  • Bhalotra, S., Mutschler, P.. "Primary Prevention for Older Adults: No Longer a Paradox." Journal of Aging and Social Policy 12. 2 (2001): 5-22.
  • Bhalotra, S., Sciegaj, M.. Reintegrating the Spiritual Dimension of Human Experience in Mental Health and Aging. Proc. of Mental Health and Aging: Meeting New Challenges. Syracuse, NY: Upstate Medical University: 2000.
  • Mutschler, P., Bhalotra, S.. What's Age Got to Do with It? Communicating with Women about Health Care Risks. Proc. of Mental Health and Aging: Meeting New Challenges. Syracuse, NY: Upstate Medical University, 2000.
  • Tompkins, C.P., Bhalotra, S., Trisolini, M.. "Applying Disease Management Strategies to Medicare." Milbank Quarterly 77. 4 (1999): 461-484.
  • Tompkins, C.P., Bhalotra, S., Garnick, D.W., Chilingerian, J.A.. "Physician Profiling in Group Practices." Journal of Ambulatory Care Management 19. 4 (1996): 28-39.
  • Tompkins, C.P., Wallack, S.S., Bhalotra, S., Chilingerian, J.A., Glavin, M.P.V., Ritter, G., Hodgkin, D.. "Bringing Managed Care Incentives to Medicare's Fee-for-Service Sector." Health Care Financing Review 17. 4 (1996): 43-63.