Dr. Sam Baxter

Samuel Baxter, PhD, MPH

Nominated Assistant Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management
UNC Department of Health Policy and Management
CB #7411
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411


Dr. Samuel Baxter is a Nominated Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. He has expertise in applying quantitative methods and community-engaged research approaches to work with racially diverse populations across varied community settings. His research is focused on men’s health, cardiovascular disease prevention, and place-base disparities. Dr. Baxter’s ongoing research applies equity and ecological frameworks to highlight psychosocial and environmental determinants of cardiovascular disparities.

Sam Baxter in the Gillings News

Research Activities

•    Race 
•    Health equity
•    Cardiovascular disease risk factors
•    Social Determinants of Health
•    Men’s health
•    Life course

Key Publications

Contextualizing physical activity in rural adults: Do relationships between income inequality, neighborhood environments, and physical activity exist? Baxter, S.L.K., Corbie, G.M., & Griffin, S.F. (2023). Health Services Research, 58(Suppl. 2), 238-247.
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Racial residential segregation and race differences in ideal cardiovascular health among young men. Baxter, S.L.K., Chung, R., Frerichs, L., Thorpe, R. Jr., Skinner, A.C., & Weinberger, M. (2021). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 12.
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Refining Black men’s depression measurement using participatory approaches: a concept mapping study. Adams, L.B., Baxter, S.L.K., Lightfoot, A.F. (2021). BMC Public Health, 21.
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  • BS, Sociology (Concentration: Community Studies), Clemson University, 2013
  • MPH, Community Health and Health Policy, Morehouse School of Medicine, 2015
  • PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2020