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Ronald Pust

Ronald  Pust

Professor Emeritus, Family, Community Medicine and Public Health

Health Promotion Sciences Department

University of Arizona
Campus PO Box: 245052

Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 626-5650


Dr Pust’s 40-year career as a global health physician interfaces curriculum development with teaching, and field research with clinical practice.After four years with CDC and six as a generalist in Papua New Guinea, he was board-certified in both Preventive Medicine and Family Practice.   In 1982 he designed the interdisciplinary Arizona intensive summer course, “Global Health: Clinical & Community Care” (  Revised annually, by 2011 it had graduated 631 health professions students, who have gone to over 70 developing nations.   Dr. Pust hosted the 1991 founding meeting of the Global Health Education Consortium in Tucson, then served as GHEC’s second president.  On a 2004-5 sabbatical, he was founding head of Family Medicine at Moi University in Kenya. As Director of Predoctoral Education in Arizona’s Family and Community Medicine Dept (1981-2009), he has been PI on over $4 million in Federal (USPHS/HRSA) family medicine grants.   On a 2004-5 sabbatical, he was founding head and residency director of Family Medicine at Moi University in Kenya.  His research deals with field assessment of lung disease, leprosy, maternal and child health, and CHW diagnostic accuracy.   Most of his other publications concern education for careers in underserved regions, especially internationally.

Research Synopsis

The University of Arizona