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Professor of Public Health, University of Otago

Michael Baker is Professor of Public Health at the University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand. He is trained doctor, public health physician and Professor in the Department of Public Health.

He has a wide range of public health research interests, with a particular focus on infectious diseases, environmental health, and housing.
During 2020 he has been very involved in shaping the New Zealand response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

His other positions include:
- Member of the Ministry of Health Covid-19 Technical Advisory Group (TAG)
- Director, University of Otago Health Environment Infection Research Unit (HEIRU)
- Co-Director of He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme
- Co-Director, University of Otago Public Health Summer School
- Principal Investigator of the New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities
- Chief Investigator, Integrated Systems for Epidemic Response (ISER), an NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence
- Convenor, University of Otago Health Protection paper (PUBH734)
- Member of the Advisory Board of the Science Media Centre (SMC)
- Member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Regional Verification Commission for Measles and Rubella Elimination


  • –present
    Professor of Public Health, University of Otago