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Elizabeth Baker, Ph.D.

Professor; Behavioral Science and Health Equity
College for Public Health and Social Justice

One of the most rewarding and important parts of what we do is work with community members to collectively define the key issues influencing their health and develop solutions for addressing these that make sense in their local context.

- Elizabeth Baker, Ph.D.

Courses Taught

Doctoral student professional development; Science, theory, and public health research; Historical, philosophical, and political bases of health education (co-instructor); Community diagnosis; Behavioral Science 5000; Evidence-based public health


Ph.D., Health Behavior/Education, University of Michigan
M.P.H., Health Behavior/Education, University of Michigan
B.A., Psychology, University of Vermont

Research Interests

Community-based participatory research; social determinants of health and health equity; social support and control;.

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Public Health Association

Community Work and Service

Baker's main areas of interest are in social networks/social support, control and other social determinants of health (e.g., race and income), and the ways in which these influence community and individual capacity to create desired changes.

She uses community-based participatory research approaches to work with communities to strengthen social determinants of health and adapt evidence-based environmental and policy interventions to fit local strengths and context.