Dr. Kelly Baker is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, with a secondary appointment in Epidemiology, at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
- Dr. Baker has expertise in global environmental health and epidemiology of enteric infections that cause diarrhea, cholera, and typhoid fever. She works with partners around the world to implement large transdisciplinary epidemiological studies that focus on identifying and evaluating sustainable and practical public health interventions and policies that can reduce global burden from enteric infections, especially in young children in low-income communities.
- Her current research programs include:
- Eco-epidemiology of enteric pathogen transmission at the One Health interface, including interactions between global development and climate change on infectious disease control and re-emergence in humans, animals, and the environment (location: Kenya and Ethiopia)
- Identification of global development interventions for infectious disease control (location: Kenya)
- Development of field and laboratory environmental exposure assessment methods for detecting health risks from fecally-transmitted diseases, including microbial, behavioral, spatial, and climate methods
- Development and evaluation of surveillance and point-of-care enteric pathogen and antimicrobial resistant diagnostic tools (location Iowa, Bangladesh)
- Use of microbial metagenomics to assess the impact of flooding and drought on microbial safety of drinking water from rural wells (location: rural Iowa)
- Impact of water insecurity on maternal and child health, gender disparities (location: Nigeria, India).
- Dr. Baker contributes to national and international scientific activities related to global development and health, One Health, and infectious disease, including Senior Editor for CABI One Health journal, Chair of One Health subcommittee for American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, member of National Academies Board of Global Health, External Advisory Board on the Community of Practice for Climate Change and health for Wellcome Trust
- She teaches Global Public Health and Global Water and Health in the College of Public Health, and mentors a diverse group of students and fellows.
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Contact Dr. Kelly Baker
Phone: (319) 384-4008