Dean Baker, MD, MPH
Professor Emeritus


University of California, Irvine
Center for Occupational & Environmental Health
100 Theory, Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92617


Education & Training: B.S., Bio-Systems Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
M.D., University of California, San Diego
M.P.H., Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley
Family Medicine Residency, Montefiore Medical Center, New York
Occupational Medicine Residency, NIOSH, New York

Teaching: Faculty member in the Preventive Medicine-Occupational Medicine Residency Program; Coordinator, Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Patient-Doctor Course; Faculty member in the Environmental Health Sciences graduate program; Joint appointment faculty member in environmental health & epidemiology in the Program in Public Health

Research Interests: Environmental epidemiology with emphasis on children’s environmental health, including developmental toxicity associated with exposures to heavy metals and pesticides, and environmental factors in asthma. Occupational epidemiology with emphasis on role of work organization, psychosocial factors, and stress in the etiology of cardiovascular disease and possibly immune function.

Clinical & Consulting: Limited to research-related areas.

Recent Publications:


Baker D, Park C, Sweeney C, McCormack L, Durkin M, Brenner R, Dabelea D, Entwisle B. Recruitment of women in the National Children's Study initial Vanguard Study. American Journal of Epidemiology. 179(11):1366-74, 2014. Epub 2014 May 2.

Choi B, Ko S, Dobson M, Schnall PL, Garcia-Rivas J, Israel L, Baker D. Short-term test-retest reliability of the Job Content Questionnaire and Effort-Reward Imbalance Questionnaire items and scales among professional firefighters. Ergonomics. 57(6):897-911, 2014. Epub 2014 Apr 9.

Choi B, Schnall PL, Dobson M, Garcia-Rivas J, Kim H, Zaldivar F, Israel L, Baker D. Very long (> 48 hours) shifts and cardiovascular strain in firefighters: a theoretical framework. Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 26(1):5, 2014.

Lakes KD, Vaughan E, Pham J, Tran T, Jones M, Baker D, Swanson JM, Olshansky E. Community member and faith leader perspectives on the process of building trusting relationships between communities and researchers. Clinical and Translational Science. 7(1):20-8, 2014. Epub 2014 Jan 9.

Wu J, Jiang C, Jaimes G, Bartell S, Dang A, Baker D, Delfino RJ. Travel patterns during pregnancy: comparison between Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking and questionnaire data. Environmental Health. 12(1):86.

Dobson M, Choi B, Schnall PL, Wigger E, Garcia-Rivas J, Israel L, Baker DB. Exploring occupational and health behavioral causes of firefighter obesity: a qualitative study. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 56(7):776-90, 2013. Epub 2013 Jan 17.

Bracken MB, Baker D, Cauley JA, Chambers C, Culhane J, Dabelea D, Dearborn D, Drews-Botsch CD, Dudley DJ, Durkin M, Entwisle B, Flick L, Hale D, Holl J, Hovell M, Hudak M, Paneth N, Specker B, Wilhelm M, Wyatt S. New models for large prospective studies: is there a risk of throwing out the baby with the bathwater? American Journal of Epidemiology. 177(4):285-9, 2013. Epub 2013 Jan 7.

Choi B, Schnall P, Ko S, Dobson M, Baker D. Job strain and coronary heart disease. Lancet. 381(9865):448.

Luderer U, Kesner JS, Fuller JM, Krieg EF Jr, Meadows JW, Tramma SL, Yang H, Baker D. Effects of gestational and lactational exposure to heptachlor epoxide on age at puberty and reproductive function in men and women. Environmental Research. 121:84-94, 2013. Epub 2012 Nov 26.


Baker D, Nieuwenhuijsen M. Environmental Epidemiology: Study Methods and Application. Oxford University Press, New York. 2008.

Baker D, Kjellström, Calderon R, Pastides H (eds.). Environmental Epidemiology: A Textbook on Study Methods and Public Health Applications. World Health Organization, Geneva (WHO/SDE/OEH/99.7). 1999.

Book Chapters

Baker D, Dobson M, Schnall P. Occupational and environmental medicine in the twenty-first century. In: Schnall P, Dobson M, Rosskam E (eds.). Unhealthy Work – Causes, Consequences, Cures. Baywood Publishing, Amityville, NY. 2009, 283-298.

Koh D, Baker D. Occupational Health. In: Detels R, McEwen J, Beaglehole R, Tanaka Heizo (eds). Oxford Textbook of Public Health – Volume 2. Oxford University Press, Oxford. 2009, 894-912.

Baker D. Formaldehyde. In: Rom W, Markowitz S. Environmental and Occupational Medicine, 4th edition. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins. 2006.