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Patrick Baron - Western Carolina University. Cullowhee, NC, US

Patrick Baron

Assistant Professor | Western Carolina University


Patrick Baron's work focuses on social and environmental determinants of health and disparity.


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.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Social Determinants of Health

Mixed-Methods Research and Study Design

Environmental Health Sciences


Community Health Disparities

Accomplishments (7)

Davidson College Engaged Scholarship Award for Community-Based Learning


Justice Equality and Community Mellon Grant Awardee


National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Grant Award Recipient


Justice Equality and Community Mellon Grant Awardee


Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute Small Research Grants Award


Education, Research and Training Grant Award for Occupational Safety and Health


Center for a Livable Future-Lerner Doctoral Fellowship Award (four-time recipient)


Education (3)

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Ph.D., Environmental Health Sciences

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: M.S., Occupational and Environmental Health

Wesleyan University: B.A., English

Media Appearances (2)

AAUW WCU hosts Dr. Patrick Baron

Zoom  online


Dr. Patrick Baron's recent presentation on Current Epidemiological Trends in COVID-19.

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If approved by the government, should NC schools mandate a COVID-19 vaccine for students?

Fay Observer  online


How easily a disease spreads and how severe its symptoms develop are key factors when deciding if a vaccine should be mandated, said Patrick Baron, program director of the school of health sciences at Western Carolina University. “If we’re following historical precedent, most likely when you have a safe and clinically proven vaccine out there, then the health community can and should call for it to be mandated with reasonable exceptions,” he said.

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Articles (3)

Trends in Public and Global Health Education among Nationally Recognized Undergraduate Liberal Arts Colleges in the United States

Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene


Home Environmental Contamination is Associated with Community-Associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Re-colonization in Treated Patients

Open Forum Infectious Diseases


Microbial Food Safety in the Maryland Direct-to-Consumer Poultry Supply Chain