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.