Professor Fran Baum

Professor - Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor

Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity

+61 8 72218410
place Health Sciences Building (2.05)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Fran Baum is a Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Director of the Southgate Institute of Health, Society and Equity at Flinders University. She was named in the Queen’s Birthday 2016 Honours List as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “distinguished service to higher education as an academic and public health researcher, as an advocate for improved access to community health care, and to professional organisations”. Professor Baum is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, and one of Australia's leading researchers on the social and economic determinants of health. In 2008 she was awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council Federation Fellowship focusing on development of effective government and community responses to social determinants of health inequity and social exclusion. She holds several other national competitive grants investigating aspects of health inequity, and has an extensive teaching career in public health.

Professor Baum's numerous publications relate to social determinants of health, including Aboriginal people's health, health inequities, primary health care, health promotion, Healthy Cities, and social capital. Her text book The New Public Health (4th ed 2016 OUP) is widely used as a core public health text.

She is currently preparing Governing for Health a book to be published by Oxford University Press, New York

Qualifications
  • Bachelor of Arts (Hons) University of Wales, Aberystwyth
  • PhD, University of Nottingham, UK
Honours, awards and grants
Key responsibilities
Research interests
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)
Publications
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
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+61 8 72218410
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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