Mary Cronin is a College Lecturer in the School of Public Health, UCC, where she has worked since 2004. Mary was awarded an MA in Social Policy from UCC and a Diploma in Community and Youth Work from NUI Maynooth. She qualified as a Registered Sick Children's Nurse at Guy's Hospital, London and as a Registered General Nurse at the Cork Regional Hospital. She worked in Community Development in Cork and as a nurse in Ireland, England, Australia, Liberia and Somalia.
Mary Cronin’s main research interests are in the population level determinants of health with particular reference to ethnic minority and marginalised communities, health inequalities, the role of public policies and community based health promotion initiatives. She also has an interest in global health with a focus on sub-Saharan Africa. She has particular expertise in Interpretive and Critical Social Research using Qualitative data as well as Community Based Participatory Research methodologies.