Malaria researcher joins Department of Public Health at Dominican

Dr. Andria Rusk, whose research focuses on malaria case management, joined Dominican for the 2016-17 academic year as the program director for Public Health and assistant professor of Public Health. She came to Dominican from George Washington University, where she served as faculty in the Milken School of Public Health

Dr. Rusk was drawn to Dominican and the School of Health and Natural Sciences because of its hands-on learning opportunities and strong faculty-student collaboration. Rusk is committed to teaching and mentoring students, and integrating experiential learning activities into the curriculum.  She also has a strong interest in interdisciplinary collaboration and expansion of global learning opportunities for students.

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 eagerly incorporates student roles into her research.

Within the Public Health major at Dominican and the Department of Health Sciences, Rusk teaches Health Behavior, Global Health, Foundations of Public Health, and the Senior Capstone Experience in Public Health.

She also has 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.

Rusk is an elected member of the Delta Omega Honor Society for Public Health, and a R.J. Lorimor Scholar. She has lived abroad for several years in England, Switzerland, Kenya, and France, and has led student immersion experiences to Brazil, Nicaragua, and Mexico.
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.

PUBLICATIONS
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., 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., 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” Malaria Journal 2016, 15:562
Rusk, A.E., Wilkerson, J.M., Amick, B., Stigler, M., Highfield, L., Obala, A., Koech, B. & Goodman, C. “Caught between a rock and a hard place: The challenge of role ambiguity and role conflict facing medicine retailers for malaria in western Kenya” In Preparation.

PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS
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.
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.

 

January 19, 2017