About Us

Public Health Innovations is a business-to-business ideation and consulting company. We are in the business of innovation for public health intervention to prevent diseases that occur in schools, healthcare environments, and from food service (restaurants), retail, and food manufacturing facilities.

Our company's business model is to foster business-to-business consultations to prevent diseases and to form partnerships to improve on or develop new market verticals for a client's existing intellectual property.

We also design and develop our own intellectual property into products that can improve the public health through food safety, prevention of healthcare associated infections (HAI's), and childhood safety in schools.

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Friends and Colleagues,

I started Public Health Innovations in 2015 after a career in four major areas of the science of public health;  Government (CDC), Academia (Emory University School of Medicine), Military (US Army Consequence Management) and the Food Industry (Chick-fil-A Food Safety). This is where I led research on new scientific knowledge, development of new intervention test, tools and strategies, and finally how to implement many of them to prevent diseases and save lives.

Each phase of my career journey gave me new knowledge and perspectives on how to innovate via collaboration to help others develop and make programs and products that can save lives. Public Health Innovations, or PHI as we like to call ourselves, can now help you innovate new products and services, and also show the business value of your products to your customers via our team of experienced expert scientist.

- Hal King, PhD

Hal King

Founder and CEO

Dr. Hal King is the founder of PHI with over 35 years of service in the public health arena and the recipient of the 2018 NSF International Food Safety Leadership and Innovation Award. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Active Food Safety, a book author, a public health scientist/innovator, and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Health.

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Lori Bestervelt


Dr. Bestervelt is a public health professional who has worked in the fields of microbiology, toxicology, risk assessment, nutrition and molecular biochemistry. She spent 23 years as the Chief Science Officer of NSF International, a leading public health safety organization that develops American National Standards and certification programs for food safety, water safety and health sciences.

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Fred Quinn


Athletic Association Professor of Infectious Diseases and Department Head at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens, Georgia, USA. Dr. Quinn received his PhD in Microbiology and Biochemistry from Indiana University, Bloomington and completed postdoctoral fellowships at Stanford University. Subsequently, Dr. Quinn oversaw several laboratory emerging bacterial diseases groups at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta investigating disease outbreaks including Brazilian Purpuric Fever, Cat Scratch Disease, meningococcal meningitis, Buruli ulcer, and ultimately tuberculosis.

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Josh King

Design/Technology Consultant

Josh is a hard-working creative in the Atlanta area with over 5 years of design experience. He is the Design and Technology Consultant for PHI and the Director of Technology and User Experience at Active Food Safety. He designs and helps develop products, websites, and brands from ideas all the way to market. Josh uses industry best practices in UI and UX design to create the best possible products and to position them in a way that is best for growth.

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