Shira Shafir, PhD, MPH

Course: Principles of Public Health


Dr. Shira Shafir is an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and the Director of Field Studies. She is also the Director of the Master of Public Health for Health Professionals in the Department of Community Health Sciences and former Assistant Vice Chancellor of Research 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 CHS at UCLA.


Dr. Shafir brings a unique perspective to her work in strategy and impact from her time in the private sector. She is the former Vice President of Giving, Social Innovation and Impact at TOMS Shoes, an industry leader in social business, where she designed, implemented and evaluated their global impact strategy. She also consults with nonprofits on impact generation and evaluation.