Edward L. Baker Jr., MD, MPH

Adjunct Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management


Dr. Baker, a former Assistant Surgeon General in the US Public Health Service and former Director of CDC's Public Health Practice Program Office, currently serves as Adjunct Professor in Health Policy and Management at UNC. He teaches a course on the theory and practice of leadership in the School of Public Health’s DrPH program.

While at UNC, he directed the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, the service and outreach arm of the UNC School of Public Health, which was home to the national Public Health Leadership Institute, the Management Academy for Public Health and the North Carolina Local Health Agency Accreditation program. His current professional activities are focused on informatics training and management and leadership development.

While serving as Director of CDC’s Public Health Practice Program Office, he lead creation of Public Health Leadership Institutes, the Information Network for Public Health Officials, the Public Health Training Network, and the Health Alert Network.
Dr. Baker is board certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine and was trained in epidemiology in CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) and at Harvard School of Public Health, where he served as a professor in occupational health.  He also served as NIOSH Deputy Director, leading a range of initiatives designed to prevent occupational disease and injury.

He and his wife, Pam, have 3 wonderful children and a 6-year-old grandson, who are the lights of their lives.

Edward L. Baker, Jr. in the Gillings News

Representative Courses

HPM 820 - Organizational Leadership Theory and Practice


  • BA, (with honors), Vanderbilt University, 1968
  • MD, Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, 1972
  • MPH, Public Health, Harvard School of Public Health, 1979
  • MSc, Epidemiology/Physiology (Occupational Health), Harvard School of Public Health, 1980