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Susan Baker, MPH

  • Professor - Emeritus

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624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 537
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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MPH, Johns Hopkins University, 1968
BA, Cornell University, 1951


An epidemiologist specializing in injury prevention, Professor Baker was the first director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. Her research includes motor vehicle occupant and pedestrian deaths among children and adults; fatalities related to aviation, motorcycles, and heavy trucks; carbon monoxide poisoning; drowning; childhood asphyxiation; housefires; falls in the elderly; homicide; suicide; fatal occupational injuries; and injury severity scoring. She is well known for developing the widely used Injury Severity Score and for authoring the Injury Fact Book. A licensed private pilot, her aviation research includes analyses of crashes in the Colorado Rockies and research on commuter aircraft crashes and on crashes of instructional flights. She served on the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board in 1996-2000.

Professor Baker is an ardent advocate of policy changes that will prevent injuries. Much of her teaching and research is designed to influence the legislators, administrators, media representatives, and others whose decisions can determine the likelihood of injury for thousands of people.

She holds joint appointments at the School of Medicine, in the Departments of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine.

Honors and Awards

Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine (AAAM) President 1974-75; Award of Merit, 1985; Fellow, 1994- Named "Bad Guy of the Month" by Road Rider Magazine for efforts promoting motorcycle helmet laws American Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Honorary Fellow, 1988- Charles A. Dana Award for Pioneering Achievements in Health and Higher Education, 1989 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 1994-95 The Johns Hopkins University, Distinguished Alumnus Award, 1996 Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1998 American Public Health Association Award for Excellence, 1999 Fellow, Aerospace Medical Association, 2000 Association for the Advancement of Automotive Medicine, A.J. Mirkin Service Award, 2002 Aerospace Medical Association, John Paul Stapp Award, 2005 The Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Stebbins Medal for contributions to teaching programs, 2006

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  • Cook A, Weddle J, Baker S, Hosmer D, Glance L, Friedman L, Osler T. A comparison of the Injury Severity Score and the Trauma Mortality Prediction Model. The journal of trauma and acute care surgery 76 (1), 47-53, 2014.

  • Baker SP, Hu G, Wilcox H, Baker TD.  Increase in suicide by hanging/suffocation in the U.S., 2000–2010. Am J Prev Med 2013 Feb;44(2):146-9.

  •  Ballard SB, Beaty LP, Baker SP. Hot-air balloon tours: Crash epidemiology in the United States, 2000-2011. Aviat Space Environ Med, in press.

  •  Brooks CJ, MacDonald CV, Baker SP, Shanahan DF, Haaland W. Helicopter crashes into water: warning time, final position and other factors affecting survival. 2013. ASEM, in press.

  •  Pollack KM, Yee N, Canham-Chervak M, Rossen L, Bachynski KE, Baker SP. Narrative text analysis to identify technologies to prevent motor vehicle crashes: examples from military vehicles. J Safety Res 2013 Feb;44:45-9.