Chris Rustin, DrPH, MS, REHS, has been named Administrator of the Chatham County Health Department. Dr. Rustin replaces Randy McCall, PhD, who retired in April after more than 30 years in public health.
In his position as Administrator, Dr. Rustin will be responsible for supervising all Chatham County Health Department programs. He will also serve as public health liaison to various agencies and organizations throughout the community.
Dr. Rustin began his public health career more than two decades ago as an Environmental Health Specialist for the Evans County Health Department. He later managed the Environmental Health programs for the Chatham and Effingham County Health Departments. He left the Coastal Health District 2009 to serve as Deputy Director and then Director of Environmental Health for the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) in Atlanta.
Most recently, Dr. Rustin served on the DPH leadership team as Director for the Division of Health Protection. In that role, he was responsible for oversight of several programs including Environmental Health, EMS and Trauma, Chronic Disease Prevention, Infectious Disease Control, Injury Prevention, Emergency and Health Care Preparedness, Pharmacy, and Immunizations. He was also tasked with coordinating the DPH operational response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“After spending a decade at the State Department of Public Health in Atlanta, I am excited to return as the Administrator of the Chatham County Health Department,” said Rustin. “As public health services are profoundly local, my goal is to ensure the Chatham County Health Department provides the best public health services to the citizens and visitors of Chatham County. I want to thank the employees of the Chatham County Health Department for their tireless work responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and I look forward to supporting them and collaborating with the county and city governments moving forward.”
Dr. Rustin has a Bachelor of Science in Biology, Master of Science in Safety and Environmental Compliance, and a Doctor of Public Health with an emphasis on Community Health. He is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist with the Georgia Board of Registered Environmental Health Professionals, a Fellow of the CDC Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute, and the current President-Elect of the Georgia Public Health Association.