Professor, Department of Community and Environmental Health
Director, Center for Health Policy
Baker is the co-developer of the Community Apgar Program for critical access hospitals and community health centers which is currently utilized in six states across the US. His research on recruitment and retention of physicians to rural and underserved areas has regularly been published and presented at conferences to state, regional and national audiences. Baker has been recognized with the Excellence in Research Faculty Award for the College of Health Science in 2006 and 2011.
Baker has also received numerous teaching honors such as the Outstanding Faculty Member Golden Apple Award. He serves on Graduate Student Master Theses Committees and Senior Honors College Projects and is an Internship Supervisor. In addition, he is a mentor and leader to Senior Researchers, Graduate Assistants, Undergraduate Assistants, and staff at the Center for Health Policy. He currently serves on various college and university committees, such as the Strategic Planning Implementation Team, Council of University Centers and Interdisciplinary Studies University Committee.