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About R. Christopher Rustin

Dr. Rustin serves in a dual role as the Director of Environmental Health and the Deputy Director for the Division of Health Protection at the Georgia Department of Public Health. He brings over 19 years of applied experience working at local and state public health departments in Georgia. As the Deputy Director for the Division of Health Protection, Dr. Rustin sits on the Executive Leadership Team overseeing the Department's Environmental Health, Chronic Disease Prevention, Infectious Disease Prevention, and Injury Prevention sections. As the Director of Environmental Health, he provides day-to-day direction and oversight of 13 statewide environmental health programs ranging from food, public pool, and lodging safety to onsite wastewater disposal, childhood lead poisoning prevention and vector surveillance programs. In these dual roles, Dr. Rustin oversee's approximately 500 professional staff at the state, district and local county health department levels. This real world experience drives his teaching philosophy of bridging theory into practice and guides his research interests related to childhood lead poisoning prevention, vector surveillance and disease, and improving the practice of environmental public health. Dr. Rustin took a one year sabbatical from the Department of Public Health and served as an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Science in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health from 2016-2017.

Positions

2017 - Present Adjunct Faculty Member, Georgia Southern University
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2017 - Present Director, Environmental Health, Georgia Department of Public Health ‐ Division of Health Protection
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August 2016 - Present Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University
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2014 - Present Faculty Lecturer, Medical College of Georgia
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2013 - 2016 State Environmental Health Director, Georgia Department of Public Health ‐ Environmental Health Section
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2009 - 2013 Deputy Director, Environmental Health Section, Georgia Department of Public Health ‐ Environmental Health Section
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2005 - 2009 Environmental Health Director, Chatham County Public Health Department ‐ Environmental Health Division
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2002 - 2005 Environmental Health County Manager, Effingham County Public Health Department ‐ Environmental Health Division
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1999 - 2002 Environmental Health Specialist, Evans County Public Health Department ‐ Environmental Health Division
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1997 - 2000 Laboratory Assistant, Armstrong Atlantic State University ‐ Microbiology Laboratory
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1998 - 1999 Entomology Technician Assistant, Chatham County Mosquito Control Commission
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Curriculum Vitae




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Honors and Awards

  • Armstrong Atlantic State University Science Research Award (2000)
  • 3rd Place- John C. Johnson Award for Excellence in Student Research for Molecular Biology, Armstrong Atlantic State University (2000)
  • Credentialed by the United States Secret Service (2004)
  • Rex W. Gabriel Memorial Scholarship (2004)
  • Graduate and Fellow, CDC: Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute (2009-2010)
  • President’s Gavel: Georgia Environmental Health Association (2015)
  • Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society-Georgia Southern University (2015)
  • Georgia Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Section Service (2016)
  • Georgia Department of Public Health, Good to Great Champion EH Section Award (2016)

Courses

  • Environmental Health (PUBH 6532)
  • Principles of Environmental Health (PUBH 3136)
  • Populations and Public Health
  • Environmental Health Risks: The Physician and Public Health Connection
  • You, Your Environment and Your Health
  • Environmental Health Overview

Education

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2013 Ph.D. in Public Health, Community Health Behavior and Education, Georgia Southern University
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2004 M.S. in Technology, Industrial Safety/Environmental Compliance, Georgia Southern University
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2000 B.S. in Biology, Armstrong Atlantic State University ‐ College of Science and Technology
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Contact Information

Georgia Department of Public Health
2 Peachtree Street NW 13-102
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: (404) 657-6534
chris.rustin@dph.ga.gov

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Publications (10)

Conference Proceedings and Presentations (16)