Surveillance of Zoonotic disease

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This course explores zoonotic diseases including investigation, surveillance, epidemiology, and approaches to control and prevention. Real-life case studies are used to illustrate zoonotic disease basics and epidemiology, modes of transmission, factors related to emergence, and the of public health response.  There is a specific focus on zoonotic diseases that are more common in the Gulf region.

By the end of this course, each participant should be able to define:

  • What constitutes a zoonotic disease
  • Modes of transmission of zoonotic diseases
  • Factors related to emergence of zoonotic diseases
  • An appropriate public health response to an outbreak of a zoonotic disease.
  • The most common zoonotic diseases in the Gulf region


About the Instructor

Ajay Bharti MD

Ajay Bharti, MD is an Associate Professor of Medicine (Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health) at the University of California – San Diego School of Medicine.  Dr. Bharti is an expert on the impact of HCV therapy on central nervous system outcomes, as well as correlates of HIV and malaria co-infection and neurocognitive functioning in HIV-infected individuals. His research is widely respected and has appeared in journals such as Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes and The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, among others.  He is currently leading a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)-funded study.


Dr. Bharti is also clinically active.  Most recently he has become Co-Director of UC San Diego’s COVID-19 Outpatient and Telemedicine Clinics.  He also treats people with hepatitis viruses, tuberculosis, influenza, and HIV/AIDS, as well as infections of the sinuses, heart, brain, lungs, gastrointestinal system, urinary tract, pelvic organs and bones. Dr. Bharti also has expertise in tropical infectious diseases.


Dr. Bharti completed infectious diseases fellowships at University of Texas Medical Branch and UC San Diego School of Medicine and an internal medicine residency at The Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh. He earned his medical degree from Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education & Research in India. He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease. Dr. Bharti is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, the American College of Physicians, the International Society for Neurovirology, the International AIDS Society and the Medical Council of India.  He has received multiple awards including the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the Western Society for Clinical Investigation  Infectious Diseases Scholar Award, the UTMB Hospital Academic Fellowship Award, and

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund-American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene Postdoctoral Fellowship in Tropical Infectious Diseases.