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Research Interests

Preventive oncology; Women's health; Indigenous health; Geriatric health; Vaccine studies

Professional Information

•    From Mar 2023 -till date: Additional Professor, Department of Community Medicine, KMC, Manipal
•    From May 2011 -Feb 2023: Associate Professor, Department of Community Medicine, KMC, Manipal
•    From May 2007 - May 2011: Assistant Professor, Department of Community Medicine, KMC, Manipal

Awards and recognition:

•“Best Poster Presentation Award” for the research work on geriatric health at the 2nd State Conference of Indian Association of Preventive & Social Medicine (IAPSM) Karnataka Chapter held at Yenepoya Medical College, Mangaluru, Karnataka on 21st & 22nd Oct 2022
•“Young Researcher Award” received at the 5th World Cancer Congress held in September 2021 for presenting research work on cervical cancer prevention among rural women
•Travel grant from ICMR, New Delhi for delivering a talk during “National Consultation on Tribal Health Research” at ICMR-National Institute for Implementation Research on Non-Communicable Diseases (formerly known as Desert Medicine Research Centre), Jodhpur, in 2019.
•“Travel grant” from Global Challenges Research Fund for delivering a talk during a meeting on “Increasing participation in breast cancer screening and treatment within Manipal, India”, at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, in 2018.

Intellectual Property

•    Knowledge Questionnaire on Mental Health - Literary work : Diary No. 32879/2023-CO/L
•    Health status of Tribes in India  - Literary work: Diary No. 32882/2023-CO/L
•    Healthcare Governance Model to improve the healthcare utilization by the Koraga community –  Literary work: Diary No. 32883/2023-CO/L
•    FGD schedule and IDI guide for exploring the facilitators and barriers for healthcare utilization among the tribal community - Literary work : Diary No.32886/2023-CO/L
•    Star Model for improvement of health status among the tribal community -Literary work: Diary No.32967/2023-CO/L
•    "Maanasika arogyada praamukhyathe (Significance of mental Health)" (Brochure) -Literary work: Diary No.32969/2023-CO/L
•    Need for health research among Koraga tribes in Udupi district – Literary work: Diary No.32971/2023-CO/L
•    Poster on “Centre for Indigenous Population” -Literary work: Diary No.32974/2023-CO/L
•    Mental health - A critical component – Literary work: Diary No.32977/2023-CO/L
•    Myths and Facts on Mental Health- Handout – Literary work: Diary No.32979/2023-CO/L
•    Attitude scale on utilization of mental health services – Literary work: Diary No.32981/2023-CO/L
•    Chidhragonda Prathibimbagalu (Shattered Reflections) - Cinematograph Film: Diary No.32985/2023-CO/CF
•    Kalanka nivaarane (Stigma removal) - Cinematograph Film: Diary No.32986/2023-CO/CF
•    Knowledge and attitude questionnaire on health care services among Koraga tribes – Literary work: Diary No.32983/2023-CO/L

Creative Works

Dr. Ranjitha S Shetty, an accomplished medical professional, holds an MBBS degree from Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, and an MD in Community Medicine from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. Currently, she serves as an Additional Professor in the Department of Community Medicine at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, since March 2023, having previously held roles as Associate Professor and Assistant Professor in the same department.
Dr. Shetty possesses research proficiency across various areas, including Women’s Health, Preventive Oncology, Indigenous Health, Geriatric Health, and Vaccine studies. In 2021, she successfully finished the "Precision Medicine: Oncology Genomics" training program provided by the University of Kentucky, USA. Actively involved in teaching and mentoring, Dr. Shetty received the "Excellence in Teaching" award in 2018 from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal.
Her robust research portfolio includes three grants from the Indian Council of Medical Research, participation in major vaccine trials, over 45 publications in peer-reviewed journals, co-authorship of a chapter, and presentations of her work at numerous national and international conferences. 
Dr. Shetty collaborated with the University of Aberdeen, UK, in 2018, through which she was engaged in a project titled "ICANTREAT," aiming to assess the feasibility of building a community of expertise to address breast cancer screening and treatment challenges, with a focus on the local region of Udupi district. She was part of the major multicentric vaccine trials including the ROTASIL vaccine and CERVAVAC (HPV) vaccine trials. She is also engaged in cancer screening projects in collaboration with the Manipal Foundation, Bengaluru, and Indian Cancer Society, Bengaluru, and various projects among tribal populations.
In addition to her research endeavors, Dr. Ranjitha S Shetty guides PhD scholars and postgraduate students in various health domains, receiving grants for her interdisciplinary work. 
Taking on diverse roles within her institution, Dr. Ranjitha S Shetty has been serving as the Member Secretary of KMC-KH Institutional Ethics Committee - Student Research since May 2023. Additionally, as the Coordinator of the Centre for Indigenous Population since May 2018, she leads initiatives for the health and well-being of tribal people. She has also assumed the role of Coordinator for the Centre for Community Oncology at KMC, Manipal, since May 2022, emphasizing her commitment to advancing community-based oncology initiatives. She played a key role in initiating the "Well Women Clinic" at KMC, Manipal through the CSR fund, aiming to provide underprivileged women in the district with free access to breast and cervical cancer screening and treatment services.
In summary, Dr. Ranjitha S Shetty has made multifaceted contributions to academia, research, and community health, coupled with her leadership in the field of Community Medicine.


•    Member Secretary -KMC KH Institutional Ethics Committee for Students Research
•    Member - Research Ethics and Regulations Vertical, KMC, Manipal
•    Coordinator- Centre for Indigenous Population, KMC, Manipal, MAHE, Manipal
•    Coordinator- Centre for Community Oncology, KMC, Manipal, MAHE, Manipal
•    Academic Editor -Clinical Epidemiology & Global Health (CEGH) Journal 

 •    Life member -Indian Association of Preventive & Social Medicine (IAPSM);            Indian Medical Association (IMA); and Karnataka Association of Community Health (KACH).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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