College of Health Sciences
Dr. Thron has been involved in higher education for the past 30 years, including serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota and the University of St. Thomas; and as a full time faculty member at Walden University since 1990. At Walden University, Dr. Thron has served as the Director of the Health Service Program; as the Director of the Academic Residencies Program; as a member of the Institutional Review Board. Dr. Thron was instrumental in establishing the Masters of Public Health, and the Ph.D. program in public health. Currently, Dr. Thron serves Walden University on a part-time basis.
Dr. Thron served as the Director of the Environmental and Occupational Health program for the State of Minnesota for over ten years. His primary research interests include environmental public health, public health workforce development; and research methods and design.
As a volunteer, Dr. Thron, mentors graduate students at the School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. He also oversees a sustaining scholarship fund (established by family) in the Humphrey School, and the School of Nursing; both at the University of Minnesota. He also serves as a judge reviewing scholarship application for the Hmong American Education Fund.
Teaching activities at Walden University currently are focused on research design and methodology, although he has also taught courses in public health, including environmental health, among others.