Professor Michael Baker


University of Otago


Michael is a public health physician and professor at the University of Otago, Wellington. As well as his involvement with the Centre for Sustainable Cities, he is Co-Director for He Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme and Principal Investigator for the Social Housing Outcomes Worth (SHOW) Study which is tracking the health of social housing tenants in New Zealand.

Michael's research interests include the health effects of household crowding, home injuries, homelessness, seasonality of disease, climate change, pandemic influenza and how it can be contained, infectious disease epidemiology, and emerging infectious diseases.

In 2013 Michael was awarded the HRC Liley Medal for his contribution to the health and medical sciences.

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Home modifications to reduce injuries from falls in the Home Injury Prevention Intervention (HIPI) study: A cluster-randomised controlled trialLancet, 2015, 385:9964, 231-238
Novel use of three administrative datasets to establish a cohort for environmental health researchBMC Public Health, 2015, 15, 246
Valuing social housing needs to take a broader viewJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 67:10, 803-804 (2013)
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Improving health, safety and energy efficiency in New Zealand through measuring and applying basic housing standardsNew Zealand Medical Journal, 126:1379, 08/2013
Foods and dietary patterns that are healthy, low-cost, and environmentally sustainablePLoS One, 8:3, 03/2013
Formulating a programme of repairs to structural home injury hazards in New ZealandAccident; analysis and prevention, 57, 08/2013
Infectious diseases attributable to household crowding in New Zealand: A systematic review and burden of disease estimateHe Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme, University of Otago, 2013
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The distribution of household crowding in New Zealand: An analysis based on 1991 to 2006 Census dataHe Kainga Oranga/Housing and Health Research Programme, University of Otago, 2012
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Assessing housing quality and its impact on health, safety and sustainabilityJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2010; 64: 765-71
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Acute rheumatic fever associated with household crowding in a developed countryPediatric Infectious Diseases Journal 2010; Oct 13
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Climate change and infectious diseases in New Zealand: A brief review and tentative research agendaReviews of Environmental Health 2010
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Pandemic influenza A(H1N1)v in New Zealand: the experience from April to August 2009Eurosurveillance 2009; 14(34): pii=19319.
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Tuberculosis associated with household crowding in a developed countryJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health 2008; 62; 715-21.
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Global public health surveillance under the new International Health RegulationsEmerging Infectious Diseases 2006: 12: 1058-65
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Household crowding a major risk factor for meningococcal disease in Auckland children. Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal 2000; 19: 983-90.
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