Harsha Rajashekharaiah, MPH, MD

Current Positions

Research Associate

Department/Institute Affiliation(s)

International Health, Health Systems, Center for Humanitarian Health

Dr. Rajashekharaiah is a Research Associate in the Health Systems Program in the Department of International Health. Trained as a medical doctor, Harsha has experience delivering clinical care as well as in conducting clinical research. Harsha transitioned to full-time public health as a medical officer for WHO’s National Polio Surveillance Project in India where he gained significant field experience in disease surveillance, outbreak response, M&E, and public health program management. During his tenure with WHO, he was deployed to Sierra leone where he served as an epidemiologist responding to the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak. Building on these experiences, he obtained his Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2017. Post-graduation, he has managed a primary health care center in Ethiopia for Lalmba Association and has served as a consultant to GFA Consulting Group and others. His current research at the Center for Humanitarian Health primarily focusses on infectious disease outbreak preparedness and response strategies in the context of humanitarian emergencies.


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