College of Health and Human Sciences
School of Health Sciences
Patrick Baron is a public health researcher, teacher, scholar and organizer. Dr. Baron earned an MSPH in Occupational and Environmental Health and a PhD in Environmental Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. His work focuses on social and environmental determinants of health and disparity, particularly those issues related to food systems and substance use disorder. His current work focuses on the regional health of southern Appalachian communities and of Western North Carolina.
Dr. Baron's teaching interests include public and community health sciences, epidemiology, environmental health, health policy, healthcare systems, and applied health sciences. His current courses at WCU focus on service learning opportunities for students to apply the tools and skills of health sciences in local communities and real-world settings.