Andria Rusk

Public Health Program Director

Andria Rusk

Andria E. Rusk, MScGH, PhD  
Director, Public Health Program
415.257.1310 
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Academic and Professional Accomplishments

Andria Rusk joined Dominican in the summer of 2016 as the Program Director for Public Health, and an Assistant Professor of Public Health. She was previously at George Washington University, where she served as faculty in the Milken School of Public Health. Dr. Rusk received an M.S. in Global Health from Duke University in 2011 and a PhD. in Public Health from University of Texas School of Public Health in 2015. She also earned a B.A. in English from Westmont College in 2002.

Dr. Rusk is committed to teaching and mentoring students, and the integration of experiential learning activities into the curriculum. She is a member of the Delta Omega Honor Society for Public Health, and an R.J. Lorimor Scholar. Her major area of research is in applying novel methodologies to understanding behavioral determinants to appropriate malaria case management. She was the principal investigator on three malaria projects funded through the Duke Global Health Institute examining antimalarial dispensation behaviors among antimalarial medicine retailers in Kenya. Dr. Rusk has a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and expansion of global learning opportunities for students. In pursuit of this interest, she has lived abroad for several years in England, Switzerland, Kenya, and France, and has led student immersion experiences to Brazil, Nicaragua, and Mexico. Dr. Rusk also enjoys live music, new foods, and hiking in new worlds.

At Dominican, Dr. Rusk teaches Health Behavior, Foundations of Public Health, and the Senior Capstone Experience in Public Health. She has also taught Public Health Biology, Social and Behavioral Aspects of Community Health, Health Promotion Theory and Research Methods, Field Epidemiology, Global Health Challenges, Public Health Senior Seminar, Health Education and Promotion, Social Epidemiology, and Systematic Review Methodologies in Public Health.

Selected Papers and Publications

  • Rusk, A.E., Goodman, C., Naanyu, V., Koech, B., Obala, A., & O’Meara, W.P. “Expanding access to malaria diagnosis through retail shops in western Kenya: What do shop workers think?” Malaria Research & Treatment 2013, Article ID 398143
  • Rusk, A.E., Smith, N., Menya, D. Obala, A., Simiyu, C., Otsyula, B. & O’Meara, W.P. “Does antimalarial drug knowledge predict antimalarial dispensing practice in drug outlets? A survey of medicine retailers in western Kenya.” Malaria Journal 2012, 11:263
  • Rusk, A.E., Highfield, L., Wilkerson, J.M., Stigler, M., Obala, A., & Amick, B. “Spatial distribution and cluster analysis of retail drug shop characteristics and antimalarial behaviors as reported by private medicine retailers in western Kenya: informing future interventions” International Journal of Health Geographics 2016, 15:9
  • Rusk, A.E., Highfield, L., Wilkerson, J.M., Stigler, M., Obala, A., & Amick, B. “Geographically weighted regression of knowledge and behavior determinants to antimalarial recommending and dispensing practice among medicine retailers in western Kenya: Capacitating targeted interventions” Under review by Malaria Journal
  • Rusk, A.E., Highfield, L., Wilkerson, J.M., Stigler, M., Obala, A., & Amick, B. “Geographically weighted regression of knowledge and behavior determinants to antimalarial recommending and dispensing practice among medicine retailers in western Kenya: Capacitating targeted interventions” Under review by Malaria Journal

Professional Presentations

  • American Public Health Association: 141st Annual Meeting & Exposition. “Expanding access to malaria diagnosis through retail shops in western Kenya: What do shop workers think?” Rusk, A.E., Smith, N., Menya, D. Obala, A., Simiyu, C., Otsyula, B. & O’Meara, W.P. Boston, MA. November 3, 2013.
  • University of Texas Medical Branch: Global Health Education Symposium. “Does anti-malarial drug knowledge predict antimalarial dispensing practice in drug outlets? A survey of medicine retailers in western Kenya.” Rusk, A.E., Smith, N., Menya, D. Obala, A., Simiyu, C., Otsyula, B. & O’Meara, W.P. University of Texas Medical Branch. Galveston, TX. October 17, 2012.
  • University of Texas Medical Branch: Global Health Education Symposium. “The perceptions of challenges and benefits to implementing rapid diagnostic tests for malaria among medicine retailers in western Kenya.” Rusk, A.E., Goodman, C., Naanyu, V. Obala, A., Simiyu, C., Otsyula, B. & O’Meara, W.P. University of Texas Medical Branch. Galveston, TX. October 17, 2012.

Community Work

  • Compassion International | Colorado Springs, Colorado; Financial partner with child-advocacy group that provides medical care, health services, education, and basic needs to 1.2 million children in 26 countries. February 2014-present
  • Hand of Hope | Houston, Texas; Financial partner with humanitarian aid organization that brings relief through 46 support organizations worldwide. August 2013-present
  • Global Public Health Brigades | Estelí, Nicaragua; Executed public health infrastructure projects: built water and sanitation facilities, infectious disease prevention projects, household improvement projects. Community outreach: conducted public health education courses in local elementary schools. Public Health Research: conducted household surveys in rural communities focused on health behaviors, infectious disease incidence, chronic disease surveying, living conditions, women’s health, and household demographic indicators. March 2014