Robert E. Aronson, DrPH, MPH
Education and Training
I received my undergraduate degree in social sciences from Wheaton College (IL) in 1983 and my MPH in health education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1986. I received my DrPH in international health from the Bloomburg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University in May 1997. I have worked in the field of public health continuously since 1984, either in public health practice, research and/or teaching. My previous academic appointments have included the Department of Anthropology Cultural Systems Analysis Group, University of Maryland (faculty research assistant), and the Department of Health Promotion Sciences, University of Oklahoma College of Public Health (assistant professor).Research Interests
I am interested in the social determinants of health and community-based approaches to addressing the social determinants of health disparities. I came to the field of public health with an interest in strategies of community organizing for social change. Much of my early career focused on the evaluation of complex community interventions including: California Healthy Cities and Communities (1998-2003); Project DIRECT, a CDC funded national demonstration project for diabetes prevention and control (2002- present); Oklahoma Infants Assistance Program (1999-2000); Men's Services Program of Baltimore City Healthy Start (1997-1998); and Baltimore City Healthy Start Infant Mortality Prevention Demonstration Program (1992-1997). Some of my research has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, Health Education and Behavior, Health Education Research, Critical Public Health, Health Promotion Practice, Maternal and Child Health Journal, Journal of Community Psychology, American Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Rural Health, and AIDS Education and Prevention.Current Studies
Beginning in the fall semester of 2001, my very first semester at UNCG, I have been involved in ongoing research with African American male college students at UNCG. This work has expanded over the years to include projects involving AA male students at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University (NC A&T) as well as North Carolina Central University (NCCU). This work has focused on understanding issues of manhood and masculinity within this population, and relationships between these constructs and such issues as adaptation to college life, academic success, and sexual behaviors related to risk for HIV infection and transmission. This work has received internal and external funding, and has involved collaboration with other faculty at UNCG, students at UNCG, NCA&T and NCCU, and has contributed to a significant body of data and contributions to the literature. The following are titles of some of my studies since arriving at UNCG:
- Exploring Masculine Constructs and Adjustment to College Life Among Men of Color at UNCG: Using Research to Strengthen the Work of "Brother 2 Brother"
- High Risk Sexuality and Masculinity in Black College Males
- Personal assessments of gender and self-reported sexual behavior among African American male college students
- HIV/AIDS Prevention with African American heterosexual men attending college: A CBPR Approach
I have taught across all of our academic programs. In the undergraduate program, I have taught Introduction to Public Health and Community Observation and Assessment. The courses I have taught in the MPH program include Community Health Analysis and Community Health Interventions. I have also taught Qualitative Research Methods and Community-based Health Education Research in the doctoral program.
- African American Men's health issues
- Social Inequalities
- Health Disparities
- Community Evaluation
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