Biology Department FacultyChrysan Cronin

Director and Lecturer in Public Health
New Science Building 113
484-664-3524
cronin@muhlenberg.edu


Education
B.S.  University of New Hampshire
M.S.  New Mexico State University
MPH  Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
DrPH (c), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Courses Taught
Issues in Public Health
Environmental Health  
Public Health and Social Justice in Botswana  (MILA)
Occupational Health
Public Health in Panama (MILA)

Research Interests
Lack of awareness of radon risk is a major public health issue. Over 21,000 Americans per year die from lung cancer caused by inhalation of this naturally-occurring, odorless, colorless, radioactive gas that can accumulate in homes, schools, and other buildings. My research is in environmental health risk communication, specifically on the detrimental health effects of radon gas exposure, the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.   Currently, three students are working with me to determine what areas of the Allentown community are most vulnerable to the health effects of radon, and how we might better communicate radon risk to these vulnerable populations.  In addition, we are looking at ways to change policy by revising building code regulations in Allentown that would require radon testing in rental properties and mitigation if levels are found to be too high.  Students who are interested in working with me on my radon research or independently on their own public health research project are encouraged to contact me.