Rosemary Caron

PROFESSOR
Carsey School Faculty
Faculty Fellow
Office: Health Management & Policy, Hewitt Hall Rm 319, Durham, NH 03824
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Rosemary M. Caron holds a doctorate in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from Boston University School of Public Health; and a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Regis College. Rosemary is currently a Professor, Chair, and the former Director of the MPH Program, and former Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Health Management and Policy, College of Health and Human Services, at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) in Durham, NH, USA. Rosemary is also core faculty in the UNH Master’s Program in Community Development, Policy and Practice, and was a faculty member in the New Hampshire Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Program. In addition, she was an adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Rosemary received the 2011 Teaching Excellence Award in CHHS and was the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Associate Professor Award at UNH. She has published her research on community-based participation in solving complex urban public health issues (i.e., childhood lead poisoning in refugee resettlement communities) in peer-reviewed journals and has edited and authored several books focused on the public health workforce and population health. She recently completed a management residency with a local community hospital in New Hampshire.

Rosemary is a member of several professional organizations, such as the American Public Health Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. She also has held several leadership positions in the Association of Prevention, Teaching and Research, American College of Epidemiology, and the Association of University Programs in Health Administration.

Prior to entering academia, Rosemary practiced public health for several years in a variety of settings as a practitioner. Specifically, Rosemary worked as the Assistant State Epidemiologist in the Bureau of Health Risk Assessment and served as the Chief of the Bureau of Health Statistics and Data Management for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. At the state’s largest local health department, Rosemary worked as a Chronic Disease Epidemiologist and Environmental Toxicologist. Rosemary also worked as a Senior Toxicologist conducting public health assessments for a private consulting firm.

Rosemary Caron is a Master in Public Policy and Master in Community Development Policy and Practice faculty member, a Carsey Faculty Fellow and an associate professor and former director of the Master’s in Public Health (MPH) program in the Department of Health Management and Policy, College of Health and Human Services, at the University of New Hampshire. Rosemary has more than ten years experience as a public health practitioner in the public and private sector. Prior to entering academia, she worked as the assistant state epidemiologist in the Bureau of Health Risk Assessment and served as the chief of the Bureau of Health Statistics and Data Management for the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services. At the state’s largest local health department, she worked as a chronic disease epidemiologist and environmental toxicologist. Rosemary also worked as a senior toxicologist, conducting public health assessments for a private consulting firm.

Rosemary teaches public health courses at both the undergraduate and graduate student levels. Her research interests and publications reflect the multidisciplinary nature of public health and are based on her professional and academic experiences. Her research efforts are focused on two centrally associated themes: community health research and public health education. Specifically, Rosemary utilizes community-based participatory research methods to examine how a community’s ecology and partnerships can reduce public health problems, such as childhood lead poisoning, that affect certain populations, such as refugees, immigrants, and minorities disproportionately. Rosemary also employs the cultural-experiential model of risk to understand and improve how public health risks are communicated in diverse communities. In addition, she utilizes a theory to practice paradigm to examine how to improve the pedagogy of undergraduate and graduate public health education so public health professionals will be better prepared in the field.

Rosemary is a member of several professional associations, such as the American Public Health Association (APHA) and National Environmental Health Association. She is a former member of the Board of Directors for the New Hampshire Public Health Association, the state affiliate of the APHA. She is also a member of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration and is the current chair-elect of the Public Health Faculty Network. Rosemary serves as a peer reviewer for several journals, such as the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Journal of Health Administration Education, Journal of Applied Environmental Education and Communication, and Journal of Environmental Health Insights. She is also an invited member of the American College of Epidemiology. Rosemary holds a PhD in pharmacology and toxicology from Dartmouth College, an MPH in epidemiology/environmental health from Boston University School of Public Health, and a BA in chemistry from Regis College.

Rosemary is currently on the University of New Hampshire Master of Arts in Community Development Policy and Practice faculty.

Education

  • Ph.D., Pharmacology and Toxicology, Dartmouth College
  • M.P.H., Environmental Health, Boston University
  • M.P.H., Epidemiology, Boston University
  • B.A., Biology/Biological Sciences, Regis College
  • B.A., Chemistry, Regis College

Courses Taught

  • DPP 903: Global Health
  • DPP 953: Community Medicine
  • HMP 401: U.S. Health Care Systems
  • HMP 403: Introduction to Public Health
  • HMP 440: Honors/Global Pub Health Issue
  • HMP 444: Global Public Health Issues
  • HMP 501: Epidemiology&Communty Medicine
  • HMP 712: Health Analytics\Honors
  • HMP 715: Environmental Health
  • HMP 796: Independent Study
  • HONR 400: Honor Symp/Healthy Communities
  • PHP 900: Public Health Care Systems
  • PHP 901: Epidemiology

Selected Publications

Murray, A. R., & Caron, R. M. (2018). Influenza vaccination challenges in an at-risk student population: considerations for health services. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health, 30(2). doi:10.1515/ijamh-2016-0093

Dorsey, M. G. (2017). Health and Freedom in the Balance. M. G. Dorsey, & R. M. Caron (Eds.), Nova.

Caron, R. M. (2014). Population Health Management. Academic Medicine, 89(5), 698. doi:10.1097/acm.0000000000000227

Caron, R. M., Hiller, M. D., & Wyman, W. J. (2014). Public Health System Partnerships: Role for Local Boards of Health in Preparing the Future Public Health Workforce. Journal of Community Health, 39(1), 29-34. doi:10.1007/s10900-013-9737-2

Caron, R. M. (2013). Teaching epidemiology in the digital age: considerations for academicians and their students. Annals of Epidemiology, 23(9), 576-579. doi:10.1016/j.annepidem.2013.06.001

Caron, R. M., Hiller, M. D., & Wyman, W. J. (2013). Engaging Local Public Health System Partnerships to Educate the Future Public Health Workforce. Journal of Community Health, 38(2), 268-276. doi:10.1007/s10900-012-9610-8

Caron, R. M., & Serrell, N. (2009). Community Ecology and Capacity: Keys to Progressing the Environmental Communication of Wicked Problems. Applied Environmental Education & Communication, 8(3-4), 195-203. doi:10.1080/15330150903269464

Caron, R. M., Nagasawa, H., Yu, Y., Pfenning, T., Vetrovs, H., & Little, J. B. (1997). Evidence for a role for genomic instability in radiation-induced mutagenesis. Radiation Oncology Investigations, 5(3), 119-123. doi:10.1002/(sici)1520-6823(1997)5:3<119::aid-roi7>3.0.co;2-0

Caron, R. M., & Hamilton, J. W. (1995). Preferential effects of the chemotherapeutic DNA crosslinking agent mitomycin C on inducible gene expression in vivo. Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, 25(1), 4-11. doi:10.1002/em.2850250103

HAMILTON, J. W., McCAFFREY, J., CARON, R. M., LOUIS, C. A., TREADWELL, M. D., HUNT, S. R., . . . DOHERTY, K. A. (1994). Genotoxic Chemical Carcinogens Target Inducible Genes in Vivo. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 726(1 DNA Damage), 343-345. doi:10.1111/j.1749-6632.1994.tb52846.x

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