STEMM Idol Speaker Dr. Sara Paton

Students are invited to learn more about careers in medicine and the field of public health Tuesday, March 4 with guest speaker Dr. Sara Paton, Ph.D., an epidemiologist and associate professor at Wright State University.

Epidemiology is defined by Merriam Webster as “a branch of medicals science that deals with the incidence, distribution and control of disease in a population.” Dr. Paton will discuss how education, treatment, and research in this field can impact the wellness of whole groups of people -- not just individuals -- both locally and globally.

A Wright State faculty member since 2001, Dr. Paton teaches two master’s courses in the School of Medicine’s Center for Global Health. Her research encompasses areas of maternal and child health issues, chronic diseases such as cancer, special needs populations, and food safety and agriculture. According to her profile at, she recently worked on an epidemiological breast cancer study of Madison County, Ohio.

Dr. Paton earned her Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. In addition, she holds a master’s degree in animal science from Angelo State University (Texas) and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical and animal science from Texas A&M. Her work has been published in numerous medical journals and reports printed in both the United States and Colombia.

All students are invited to attend this STEMM Idol Speaker presentation during homeroom periods in the library.