Dr. Jill Rush-Kolodzey is an Associate Professor in the Master of Public Health Program at LSUS and LSUHSC. She earned her MD Degree from The American University of the Caribbean, School of Medicine along with her Master of Public Health and Doctorate of Public Health from Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in Maternal and Child Health. Jill began her academic teaching career at Tulane within the Department of Community Health specializing in Maternal and Child Health and Issus in Adolescent Health. Subsequently, she relocated home to Northwest Louisiana to LSUHSC-Shreveport with appointments in the Department of Psychiatry, Family Medicine working to introduce children to health careers and health care providers to rural and underserved health professional shortage areas of north and central Louisiana. In 2012, Jill assumed the duties and responsibilities as Assistant Dean of Grants and Research in the LSUHSC-S School of Allied Health Professions and Assistant Program Director of the Master of Public Health Program. In 2014, she became the Director of the MPH Program. Jill began her research career as a field epidemiologist with the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine with the Bogalusa Heart Study researching cardiovascular risk factors in children. She additionally has been actively involved in the study of gambling addition, alcohol and drug use among of Louisiana adults and adolescents. Currently, she provides oversight and guidance to MPH faculty and Students related numerous areas within public health. She remains actively involved in numerous campus related committees on both the LSUS and LSUHSC-S campuses. She is a longstanding board member for the local non-Profit Martin Luther King Health Center and serves on the advisory board for the LSU Ag Center in Caddo Parish.