Helen Baker

Helen Baker

Associate Professor, clinical track, Senior Director for Leadership & Engagement, and BSN Coordinator


Helen Baker, PhD, MSc, FNP-BC is an Associate Professor, clinical track, and has a background in anthropology, French, and public health prior to starting her career in nursing. Dr. Baker spent two years working in northern Togo as a Peace Corps Health volunteer and then returned to Togo for an additional year as a Peace Corps Response volunteer working with the AgirPF project at EngenderHealth while completing her doctoral research on integrated family planning programs in urban Togo. Dr. Baker currently serves as the Global and Community Engagement Coordinator for the Lillian Carter Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility within the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.


IDN Thought Leadership Fellow, Institute for Developing Nations, Emory University, 2018
Jonas Scholar, Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare, 2014-2016
Ethics of International Research and Scholarship Case design/analysis Competition First place, Program for Scholarly Integrity, Laney Graduate School, Emory University, 2014
Woodruff Fellow, Laney Graduate School, Emory University, 2012-2017
Joan Sutton Award for Clinical Excellence and Interdisciplinary Practice, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, 2010
James P. Spradley Research Award, Macalester College Anthropology Department, 2004

Areas of Expertise

Global Health
Health Policy
Health Services Research
Hiv Aids
Public Health Public Health Nursing
Teaching And Learning
Womens Health


Baker, H., Fried, A., Cloete, A., Sigel, C., Miranda, D., Guillen, J., Rochat, R., & Siegler, A. (In press) "Give what the people want": A situational analysis of condom distribution and a feasibility study of user-friendly condoms in Cape Town, South Africa. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care.

Baker, H. & McGee, B. (2017). Precollege programs: An innovative way to introduce nursing to college-bound students. Journal of Nursing Education, 56(5), 316-316.

Kelly, U., Evans, D., Baker, H., & Noggle Taylor, J. (2018). Determining Psychoneuroimmunologic Markers of Yoga as an Intervention for Persons Diagnosed With PTSD: A Systematic Review. Biological research for nursing, 20(3), 343-351.


Dr. Baker teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs as well as the Emory Pre-College program and the Emory School of Medicine. Her teaching includes courses on global health, population/public health, sexual and reproductive health, nursing professional practice, health policy, social responsibility, ethics, research methods, and clinical practice. She is the faculty advisor for the Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health chapter at Emory University.


Dr. Baker researches access to sexual and reproductive health services in low resource settings. She most recently conducted research in Togo, West Africa on the integration of family planning into postabortion and postpartum care with the USAID-funded AgirPF project through EngenderHealth. Dr. Baker is the coordinator of the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Qualitative Research Interest Group.