M.P.H., 1980, University of Michigan
B.S., 1976, Indiana State University , Environmental Health Science
Urban Health, Healthy Communities and built environment, Public Health Management, Practice, and Preparedness, Injury Prevention, Environmental Health
John A. Steward, R.E.H.S., MPH, Senior Academic Professional, has been a member of the faculty in the School of Public Health of Georgia State University since 2006.
Mr. Steward has worked with faculty across the University and encouraged multi-disciplinary research into the health of people in urban settings. He works with faculty to find opportunities for collaborative research regarding the conditions of urban areas to better understand how to make cities to be healthy places for all and to prevent injury and violence, chronic diseases, alcohol and drug abuse, and infectious diseases. He also conducts and facilitates research in community-based environmental health and how to a make cities healthier places. Current interests include the public health impact of the Atlanta Beltline, factors influencing bicycling as transportation, the connection of natural features and greenspace in promoting health, and eliminating health disparities.
Mr. Steward teaches graduate-level courses in public health, urban health, built environment, and environmental health. Prior to joining the School of Public Health faculty, Steward served in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service and retired as a Captain following a 30 year career. Steward was assigned to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in Atlanta for 20 years as an environmental health scientist and program manager, with assignments involving injury prevention, chronic disease prevention, toxic substances exposures in communities, health disparities, and public health leadership and administration. Prior to joining CDC, Steward served for 10 years in the Indian Health Service on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona and at the area office in California as an environmental health officer and consultant.
Mr. Steward’s education includes environmental health (B.S., Indiana State University and M.P.H., University of Michigan) and a graduate certificate in non-profit management and social enterprise (Georgia State University). He has completed additional graduate education in epidemiology at the University of Minnesota and at Emory University.
Mr. Steward has been a registered environmental health specialist (R.E.H.S.) for more than 30 years. He is a member of the International Society for Urban Health, American Public Health Association, the National Environmental Health Association, the Georgia Environmental Health Association and the Uniformed Services Environmental Health Association. He serves as President of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Trails Alliance.
Steward J. Community Exposure to Hazardous Substances and ATSDR Response. Presentation
at Purdue University Industrial Hygiene Senior Seminar. West Lafayette Indiana. December
Steward J, Brown D, Bove F, and White L. Identifying Types of Data Useful to the Public
Health Community. Panel presentation in Right to Know Conference Proceedings. National
Environmental Health Association. 1999.
Steward J, La H, and Harris C. Health Hazards of Hazardous Waste Sites Identified Through
Petitions for Public Health Assessments. Presentation at Second Annual International Congress
on the Health Effects of Hazardous Waste. Atlanta Georgia. May 1995.
Steward J, Phillips L, and Harris C. Responding to Concerns Regarding a Contaminated Creek.
Presentation at National Environmental Health Association Annual Educational Conference. Ft.
Worth Texas. June 1994.
Allred P, Harris C, Steward J, Lee C, Edmonds B. Setting Priorities for ATSDR Public Health
Assessments: A Site Ranking Scheme. Published in Hazardous Waste and Public Health:
International Congress on the Health Effects of Hazardous Waste. U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services. Princeton: 1994.
Unintentional Injuries and Violence and Abusive Behavior. In Healthy People 2000: National
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Objectives. U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services. 1991. DHHS Publication (PHS) 91-50212.