Professor Michael Baker

Professor Michael Baker

Michael Baker is a public health physician and professor in the Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington. He has a wide range of research interests, with a particular focus on infectious diseases, environmental health, and housing.

His current research projects include: understanding risk factors for rheumatic fever, investigating the impact of influenza, assessing the health effects of household crowding, quantifying the impact of the Havelock North campylobacteriosis outbreak, researching the effects of intensified farming in NZ, and control of infectious disease at borders.

Professor Baker is the Director of the University of Otago’s Health Environment & Infection Research Unit (HEIRU), Co-Director of He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme, Convenor of the University of Otago Public Health Summer School, Director of Continuing Professional Development for the New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine and a member of the Advisory Board for the Science Media Centre. His international work includes membership of the World Health Organisation Regional Verification Commission for Measles Elimination and Australian NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence on Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response.

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

  • Public health
  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Environmental health and health protection
Professor Michael Baker