Professor Fran Baum

Professor - Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor

College of Medicine and Public Health

+61 8 72218410
place Health Sciences (2.56)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Fran Baum is Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Foundation Director of the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. She received an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for her public health service. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and of the Australian Health Promotion Association. She is a past National President and Life Member of the Public Health Association of Australia. She co-Chair of the Global Steering Council of the People’s Health Movement – a global network of health activist (www. phmovement.org). She also served as a Commissioner on the World Health Organisation’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health from 2005-08.

She holds grants from the National Health & Medical Research Council and the Australia Research Council which are considering health inequities and public policy, social determinants of health and Health in All Policies.  She held a prestigous Federation Fellowship from 2009-2014. Her book, The New Public Health (4th ed. published January 2016 Oxford University Press), is widely cited and used in many public health courses. Her latest book Governing for Health: Advancing health and equity through policy and advocacy (Oxford University Press, New York, January, 2019) examines how a society can be best organised to promote health and equity

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) University of Wales, Aberystwyth
  • PhD, University of Nottingham, UK
Honours, awards and grants
Key responsibilities
Teaching interests

Prof Baum has an extensive teaching career in public health, including writing a number of distance education courses and designing a doctor of public health course for senior public health professions. Teaching interests include:

  • Research methods, especially qualitative
  • Social determinants of health
  • Primary Health Care within health systems
  • Political economy of health
Supervisory interests
Civil society and health
Comprehensive primary health care
Health equity
Political economy of health
Social determinants of health
Transnational corporations and health
Higher degree by research supervision
Current
Principal supervisor: depression and primary health care (1), Mental health and the natural environment (1), Health promotion regional planning (1), Widowhood and the social determinants of health in the Greek community (1), Child health policy and the social determinants of health (1), Discourses on Obesity policy in South Australia (1)
Completion
Principal supervisor: Neighbourhood social capital and health (1), Automotive plant closure impact on health (1), Policies to ensure good housing for people with psychiatric disorders (1), Homelessness and health (1), Low income and health in high and low income areas (1), Health promoting hospitals (1), Health promotion evaluation (1), Women with cancer and exercise (1), Prison health (1), Community development approaches to health promotion (1), Social capital and health (1), Evaluation of health care reform processes (1)
Associate supervisor: Breastfeeding and health civil society (1), Community development in remote Aboriginal communities (1)
Expert for media contact
Community/Public Health
Health Management, Policy and Ethics
Primary Health Care
Community Health Research
Health Inequities and What Causes Them
Health Promotion
Medicare
Public Health
Social Determinants of Health
Social Inclusion and Health
Available for contact via
+61 8 72218410
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Community/Public Health
  • Health Management, Policy and Ethics
  • Primary Health Care
Interests
  • Community Health Research
  • Health Inequities and What Causes Them
  • Health Promotion
  • Medicare
  • Public Health
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Social Inclusion and Health

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