Dean B. Baker

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Professor, Medicine
School of Medicine
Chief, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Medicine
School of Medicine
Director, UC Irvine Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH)
Professor, Epidemiology
School of Medicine
Professor, Public Health
Public Health
M.D., University of California, San Diego, 1977
M.P.H., University of California, Berkeley, 1976, Epidemiology
Phone: (949) 824-8641
Fax: (949) 824-2345
University of California, Irvine
UCI Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
100 Theory, Suite 100
Mail Code: 1830
Irvine, CA 92617
Research Interests
Environmental epidemiology; occupational epidemiology; occupational medicine; toxicology; children's health; developmental toxicity; exposure, study design; occupational stress; asthma; pesticides; hazardous waste; environnment; biological markers
Academic Distinctions
2014 Kehoe Award for Excellence in Education and Research in Occupational and Environmental Medicine from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Research Abstract
Research interests include:
* Environmental epidemiology (emphasis on children’s environmental health)
* Developmental toxicity associated with exposures to heavy metals and pesticides
* Occupational epidemiology (emphasis on role of work organization, psychosocial factors and stress in the etiology of both cardiovascular disease (CVD) and immune function)

As Director of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH), a University-wide multi-disciplinary teaching and research effort, our faculty strives to improve occupational and environmental health for the citizens in the geographical region we serve. COEH accomplishes this mission by enhancing awareness of occupational and environmental hazards via research and education in order to prevent future injury and disease. COEH provides outreach services (derived from the latest research of our expert faculty) to government agencies, industry, schools, health professionals, and the public.

The COEH is based in UC Irvine's School of Medicine and is a interdisciplinary program involving faculty from various departments and schools throughout the university. The organization of COEH encourages and facilitates collaborative research in all scientific areas related to occupational and environmental health.
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, Nieuwenhuijsen M. Environmental Epidemiology: Study Methods and Application. Oxford University Press, New York, 2008.
Su T-C, Lin L-Y, Baker D, Schnall PL, Chen M-F, Hwang W-C, Chen C-F, Wang J-D. Elevated blood pressure, decreased heart rate variability and incomplete blood pressure recovery after a 12-hour night shift work. Journal of Occupational Health 50:380-386, 2008.
Landsbergis PA, Schnall PL. Belki? KL, Schwartz JE, Baker D, Pickering TG. Work conditions and masked (hidden) hypertension—insights into the global epidemic of hypertension. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health Suppl., 6:41-51, 2008.
Yang H, Schnall P, Jauregui M, Su Ta-Chen, Baker D. Work hours and self-reported hypertension among working people in California. Hypertension, 2006, 48:1-7.
Dwight RH, Fernandez L, Baker D, Semenza JC, Olson BH. Estimating the economic burden from illnesses associated with recreational coastal water pollution—a case study in Orange County, California. Journal of Environmental Management, 2005, 76:95-103.
Belkic K, Landsbergis P, Schnall P, Baker D. Is job strain a major source of cardiovascular disease risk? Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, 2004, 30:85-128.
Dwight RH, Baker DB, Semenza JC, Olson BH. Health effects associated with recreational coastal water use in urban vs. rural California. Journal of the American Public Health Association, 2004, 94:565-567.
Dwight RH, Semenza JC, Baker DB, Olson BH. Association of urban runoff with coastal water quality in Orange County, California. Water Environ Res, 2002; 74:82-90.
Gonzalez EJ, Pham PG, Ericson JE, Baker DB. Tijuana childhood lead risk assessment revisited: validating a GIS model with environmental data. Environ Manage, 2002; 29:559-65.
Landsbergis PA, Schnall PL, Belkic KL, Baker D, Schwartz J, Pickering TG. Work stressors and cardiovascular disease. Work, 2001; 17:191-208.
Schnall P, Belkiæ K, Landsbergis P, Baker D (eds.). The Workplace and Cardiovascular Disease. Occupational Medicine: State of the Art Reviews, 15(1), 2000.
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.
Gergen PJ, Mortimer KM, Eggleston PA, Rosenstreich D, Mitchell H, Ownby D, Kattan M, Baker D, Wright EC, Slavin R, Malveaux F. Results of the National Cooperative Inner-City Asthma Study (NCICAS) environmental intervention to reduce cockroach allergen exposure in inner-city homes. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, 1999; 103:501-6.
Rosenstreich DL, Eggleston P, Kattan M, Baker D, Slavin R, Gergen P, Mitchell H, McNiff-Mortimer K, Lynn H, Ownby D, Malveau F. The role of cockroach allergy and exposure to cockroach allergen in causing morbidity among inner-city children with asthma. New England Journal of Medicine, 1997; 336:1356-63.
National Children’s Study – Vanguard Center; National Institute for Child Health and Human Development; Principal investigator (with James Swanson, PI); 09/05 to 03/11
Southern California Education and Research Center; National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - T42-OH07214; Deputy Director and Principal Investigator - UCI; 07/99 to 06/17
University of California Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit; Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics; Principal Investigator – UCI; 02/00 to 09/14
National Children's Study - Southern and Central California Study Center; National Institute for Child Health and Human Development; Co-Principal investigator (James Swanson, PI); 09/08 to 09/13
Professional Societies
International Society for Environmental Epidemiology
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
American Public Health Association
Other Experience
International Society for Environmental Epidemiology 2010—2011
Graduate Programs
Environmental Toxicology
Occupational Medicine
Public Health
Research Centers
Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH)
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