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Professor Michael Baker, Department of Public Health

MBChB, FNZCPHM, FRACMA, DComH, DObst

Michael Baker image 2020

Professor of Public Health; Co-Director, He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme; Director, Health Environment Infection Research Unit (HEIRU); Co-Director, Public Health Summer School

Teaches PUBH734 Health Protection

Contact details 

Tel 64 4 918 6802
Fax 64 4 389 5319
Email michael.baker@otago.ac.nz

Research interests and activities 

Michael has a wide range of public health research interests, with a particular focus on infectious diseases, environmental health, and housing. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers on these topics.

In 2013 Michael was awarded the HRC Liley Medal for his contribution to the health and medical sciences. In 2014 he was a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Science Prize as a member of He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme. In 2015 he was the NZ-UK Link Foundation Visiting Professor at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London.

His research areas include:
• infectious disease epidemiology
• emerging infectious diseases, including COVID-19
• pandemic influenza and how it can be contained
• food safety and enteric diseases such as campylobacteriosis
• zoonoses and One Health
• immunisation and vaccine preventable diseases
• the health effects of household crowding
• home injuries, homelessness
• seasonality of disease, health effects of climate change
• public health surveillance and outbreak investigation
• the International health Regulations (IHR 2005) and global health
• science communication

Michael is a public health physician and Professor in the Department of Public Health. Other positions include: