Emmanuel RudatsikiraTitle: Dean
Office Location: Harrigan Hall 202
Phone: (269) 471-6648
DrPH Epidemiology - Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
MPH- International Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
MD - Kinshasa University, Kinshasa, DRC
Emmanuel Rudatsikira is the founding dean of the School of Health Professions (SHP) whose mission is to provide excellence in education for health care professions that fosters collaboration, research, and service within a Christ-centered environment. SHP consists of departments with nationally recognized programs in Medical Laboratory Sciences, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Public Health Nutrition and Wellness, and Speech- Language Pathology and Audiology.
Rudatsikira has a successful and wide-ranging background in leadership in health professions education, as well as a significant history of research, much achieved through receipt of grants from federal, state and private funding agencies. His professional foucs is on service and he has engaged in international projects to improve the quality of life in many ways. He earned a doctorate in public health epidemiology from Loma Linda University and a medical degree from Kinshasa University. He is a member of several professional societies including the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health, the Global Health Council, Allied Health Research Institute and Sigma Xi Research Society.
A devoted researcher, Rudatsikira has published over 90 articles in peer-refereed journals. He is a recognized figure in the global health field, with particular experience in the areas of disaster management, preparedness for global emergencies, refugee health, violence prevention and tobacco control. He has conducted research in more than 30 countries in all regions of the World Health Organization and given a variety of presentations both in the United States and internationally. He has also worked as an evaluator and consultant for programs including ADRA’s Child Survival projects in Guinea, Zambia and Haiti.
Under Rudatisikira's leadership, the work of the interdisciplinary education and research committees brought synergy among the different programs; new Neuroanatomy and Medical Laboratory Science were established; and four new academic programs were develped: Master of Science (MS) in Speech-Language Pathology; Online RN to BSN, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Master of Public Health in Nutrition and Wellness.
Prior to accepting the position at Andrews, Rudatsikira was a tenured professor and chair of the School of Community and Environmental Health at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. He has also served as a professor and program director at San Diego State University and Loma Linda University, developing several new programs and courses in tobacco control, emergency preparedness and response, and public and global health at both universities.
To read more about Dr. Rudatsikira's Publications Please Click on the Link:/shp/faculty/publications_in_refereed_journals.pdf