Fran Baum

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.

Professor Baum is also co-Director of the NHMRC CRE on Social Determinants of Health Equity. From 2009-2014 she held a prestigious Australia Research Council Federation Fellowship. She is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and of the Australian Health Promotion Association.

She is a past National President and Life Member of the Public Health Association of Australia. She is a member and past Chair of the Global Steering Council of the People’s Health Movement – a global network of health activist (www. She also served as a Commissioner on the World Health Organisation’s Commission on the Social Determinants of Health from 2005-08.

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 research interests are on health equity, social determinants, public policy and health and the political economy of health.