Susan Foster

Faculty Research Fellow
Professor, Department of International Health,
School of Public Health, Boston University

Climate Change and Health Issues in Cambodia and India

This research explores the connections between climate change and human health impacts in India and Cambodia to help inform policies that may be developed to reduce morbidity and mortality. The project will include a meta-analysis of the literature from multiple fields that have examined the connections between climate change and disease, and an analysis of monthly temperature extremes in each country over the past 40 years. This work will provide an understanding of the frequency and distribution of extreme heat in India over that period. As part of this project, Prof. Gopal gave a lecture titled “Geospatial Technologies for Public Health Research” at Sri Ramaswami Memorial University in Chennai, India, in July 2016. As a result of this talk, Prof. Gopal established connections with in-country scholars to further collaborate on research on the health impacts of climate changes, leading to better informed policy decisions in the areas of public health and related fields. In addition, Profs. Gopal, Anderson, and Foster participated in a Pardee Center seminar titled “Public Health Impacts of Climate Change in India” in April 2016.


BA, University of Colorado; MA, Ohio University; PhD, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (University of London)


Economics of infectious disease; international public health; public health and development.

Susie Foster IconBiography

Susan Foster’s research focuses on the economics of infectious disease, particularly antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance, malaria, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and TB.  She is involved in several research projects, primarily in Africa.

Prof. Foster served in the Peace Corps in Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Cameroon, worked as a Young Professional within the World Bank’s Population, Health and Nutrition Department and was seconded to the World Health Organization’s Essential Drugs Program in Geneva. She then joined the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as Senior Lecturer in Health Economics, and was course organizer for the master of science program in Public Health in Developing Countries. She was appointed the School’s first Distance Learning Coordinator. She has also done work in Burundi, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, Indonesia and Malaysia.  At the BU School of Public Health, she teaches courses including Pathogens, Poverty and Populations, Seminar on International Health Policy Issues, and Confronting Non-communicable Diseases.  She speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese.