Dr. Shira Shafir is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Epidemiology at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. She is also the Director of the Master of Public Health for Health Professionals in the Department of Community Health Sciences at UCLA. An epidemiologist with expertise in neglected tropical diseases and infectious diseases of poverty, she holds an MPH in infectious diseases from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Epidemiology and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Global Health from Community Health Sciences at UCLA. She has developed and taught courses in "Responsible Conduct in Under-Resourced Settings," "Foodborne Disease Epidemiology," "Infectious Disease Epidemiology," "Global Health and Tropical Medicine," "Introduction to Epidemiology," "Principles of Control of Infectious Diseases," and "Contemporary Issues in Public Health." Dr. Shafir is currently helping to lead the UCLA initiative, in partnership with UCSF and the California Department of Public Health to train COVID-19 contact tracers and case investigators. She has been giving CME talks on the epidemiology of COVID-19 at hospitals across California since early February and currently does a weekly COVID-19 CME podcast for Monterey County.