DLSHTM (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 2012)
MSc Control of Infectious Diseases (University of London, 2011)
MD Community Medicine (University of Kerala, 1999)
DPH (University of Kerala,1996)
MBBS (University of Kerala, 1992
Additional Professor (AMCHSS, SCTIMST, 2012 onwards)
Associate Professor (AMCHSS, SCTIMST, 2008-12)
Assistant Professor (AMCHSS, SCTIMST, 2004-08)
Assistant Professor (Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, 2002-04)
Assistant Professor (KS Hedge Medical Academy, Mangalore, 2000-02)
Programme Officer - Health (Dept. of Rural Development, Govt. of Kerala, 1999-2000)
Area of Interest
Optimal use of technologies in Public Health
(Public Health Informatics, GIS & Public Health, Telemedicine, Health, Technology Assessments & Precision Public Health)
(Epidemiology, Health Surveillance & Modelling)
Health Data Science
(Health Data Management, Public Health Analytics)
Teaches the following modules in the public health school
Database Management in Epidemiology
Public Health Technologies
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Public Health Biology
Undertake funded research programs
E.g., Mobile Telemedicine project in Wayanad to improve secondary health care service coverage in the tribal areas of Wayanad district, Action research on NCD risk factors in Kerala, sero-surveillance of Measles Rubella vaccination in the country, etc.
Conducts short-course trainings on
GIS in public health
Public Health Informatics
Health Technology Assessments
Other academic/research activities
MPH students (Guides dissertations)
Reviewer of Journals (E.g., PLOS One, Applied Geography, Health Sciences, etc.)
Visiting Faculty (E.g., SOAHS, MAHE, School of Public Health, Nitte University, Mangalore, School of Social Work, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore, etc.)
Mobile Telemedicine Project; 2017-18; Rs. 5.64 crores; funded by DST; Role: Principal Investigator.
Geospatial mapping of Noolpuzha Grama Panchayat; 2017-18; institute funding through IDRC project; Rs. 3.5 lakhs; Role: Principal Investigator.
TIMED FELLOWS for innovation in Ageing and Health; 2017-18, supported by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIREC) through their Social Innovation Programme for Products; Affordable and Relevant to Social Health (SPARSH); Rs.76 lakhs; Role: Co-Investigator.
NCD Risk factor Survey; 2016-17; funded by Govt. of Kerala; Rs. 4.96 crores; Role: Co-Investigator.
Health Technology Assessment; 2016-17; funded by SCTIMST; Rs.10 lakhs, Role: Co-Investigator.
Closing the gaps: Health Equity Research Initiative in India; 2014-18; funded by IDRC, Canada; Role: Team Member.
Advances in Research on Globally Accessible Medicine (AROGYAM); 2013-2016; funded by ICSR, Rs. 21.6 lakhs; Role: Co-Investigator.
Secondary prevention of stroke survivors. 2017-2018; Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Kerala; Rs. 10 lakhs; Role: Co-PI.
Measles-Rubella sero-surveillance, 2017-2018; Rs. 26 lakhs; collaborative project with Indian Council of Medical Research; Principal Investigator.(funding assured, IEC clearance obtained recently)
Life member, Indian Medical Association
Life member, Indian Public Health Association
Member, Kerala Sastra Sahithya Parishad, NGO
Executive Member, Health Action by People, NGO
Executive Member, Centre for Advancement in Global Health, NGO
Member, Technical Advisory Committee, eHealth Kerala project, Govt. of Kerala
Former Member, Technical Advisory Committee (Clinical Studies), SCTIMST
Member, Research Advisory Committee, Centre for Environment Development, Trivandrum.
Member, Research Advisory Committee, State Health System Resource Centre, Trivandrum
Member, Board of Studies in Health Sciences, SCTIMST
Editorial Board Member, Journal of Indian Medical Informatics.
Council Member, International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences-India.
Member, Technical Committee, School of Health Policy and Planning, Kerala University of Health Sciences(KUHS)
GIS training for public health professionals; 2014-15; funded by DST, GoI; Rs. 2.5 lakhs; Role: Principal Investigator
Prevalence of NCD risk factors in the Kani Tribe in Trivandrum; 2013-14 funded by KSCSTE, GoK; Rs.15000/-; Role: Principal Investigator.
Geospatial mapping of reported Dengue cases to explore clustering and its association with climatic and Physio-environmental factors in Trivandrum (PI); 2013-14; funded by KSCSTE, GoK; Rs. 15000/- Role: Principal Investigator.
Capacity building of women health workers in Kerala; 2009-13; funded by DST through SCTIMST-WCP; Rs. 9.89 lakhs; Role: Principal Investigator.
Health impact of household technology in women: Soman B(PI); 2009-13; funded by DST through SCTIMST-WCP; Rs. 19.96 lakhs; Role: Principal Investigator.
Geospatial analysis of seasonality in pulmonary tuberculosis detection rate in India over a period of five years(2006-11; Role: MSc dissertation at LSHTM (No funding).
Psychosocial impact of Tsunami affected populations in Kerala; Johnson A(PI); 2006-09; A longitudinal study in collaboration with University of Southern California, USA; Funding from USC(USA); Rs.40 lakhs; Role: Co-Investigator.
NCD risk factor sentinel surveillance project; Thankappan KR(PI); 2004-06; ICMR funded multi centric Research study; Rs.25 lakhs; Role: Co-Investigator.
Capacity building of elected local leaders; 2004-06; Funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation; Rs. 5.6 lakhs; Role: Principal Investigator.
ICMR sponsored 'RF/RHD Registry Project; 2000-04; Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology, Kochi; funded by ICMR; Rs.30 lakhs; Role: Co-Investigator.
Soman, Biju, Rheumatic Heart Disease-An Epidemiological Mystery, Percutaneous Mitral Valvotomy-2nd Edition, 2017, 1;7-13
Valson, Joanna Sara; Soman, Biju, Spatiotemporal clustering of dengue cases in Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala, Indian Journal of Public Health
, 2017, 61;74, 10.4103/ijph.IJPH_26_16
Panicker, Rani Oomman; Soman, Biju; Saini, Gagan; Rajan, Jeny, A Review of Automatic Methods Based on Image Processing Techniques for Tuberculosis Detection from Microscopic Sputum Smear Images, Journal of Medical Systems
, 2016, 40;17, http://link.springer.com/10.1007/s10916-015-0388-y
Palafox, Benjamin; McKee, Martin; Balabanova, Dina; AlHabib, Khalid F.; Avezum, Alvaro Jr; Bahonar, Ahmad; Ismail, Noorhassim; Chifamba, Jephat; Chow, Clara K.; Corsi, Daniel J.; Dagenais, Gilles R.;, Wealth and cardiovascular health: a cross-sectional study of wealth-related inequalities in the awareness, treatment and control of hypertension in high-, middle- and low-income countries, International Journal for Equity in Health
, 2016, 15;199, http://equityhealthj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12939-016-0478-6
Sreelakshmi, Pr; Nair, Sanjeev; Soman, Biju; Alex, Rani; Vijayakumar, K; Kutty, VRaman, Maternal and neonatal outcomes of gestational diabetes: A retrospective cohort study from Southern India, Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
, 2015, 4;395-398, http://www.jfmpc.com/text.asp?2015/4/3/395/161331
Thankappan, K.R.; Shah, Bela; Mathur, Prashant; Sarma, P.S.; Srinivas, G.; Mini, G.K.; Daivadanam, Meena; Soman, Biju; Vasan, Ramachandran S., Authors? response, Indian Journal of Medical Research
, 2014, 139;962, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4165019/
Soman, Biju; Sahay, Sundeep, Empowering field health workforce with newer technology-a report of the ongoing action research initiative in Kerala, Journal of Health Systems, 2014, 1;24