October 24, 2014
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John Baker honored with teaching excellence award
John Baker

John Baker, Ph.D., a longtime professor of health policy and management in the Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), recently received a Chancellor’s Teaching Award.

The only university-wide award program at UAMS, the Chancellor’s Teaching Award annually recognizes faculty for education and teaching excellence. The awards were presented Nov. 29.

Baker, son of Lillian Baker of Warwick, arrived in Arkansas in 1980 and was the founding faculty member and chairman of the graduate program in Health Services Administration at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He and the program transferred to UAMS, also in Little Rock, in 2005.

Baker teaches in the areas of health systems, management of health care organizations and health care quality management. His research interests include the management of health care organizations, managed care and cost containment.

Baker consults with hospitals, medical groups, long-term care facilities and managed care organizations on a variety of strategic and operational issues. He has served on numerous state and national committees dealing with health delivery system issues.

He has served on the boards of numerous professional and community organizations including the Health Administration Press, American College of Healthcare Executives, the Arkansas Health Executives Forum and the Partnership for Healthy Communities. He also served as executive director of the Arkansas Commission on Health Care Cost Containment.

Prior to his arrival in Arkansas, he was a health administration faculty member at the University of Mississippi, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Ohio State University. His undergraduate and master’s degrees in business administration are from the University of Rhode Island. He received a doctoral degree in organizational behavior and hospital and health services administration from Ohio State University.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and seven institutes.


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