Susan D. Foster, PhD

Professor, Global Health
Susan Foster
Crosstown Center – 387
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Professor Foster received her PhD from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (University of London). She graduated in English Literature from the University of Colorado, holds an MA in International Affairs and Development Economics from Ohio University and is certified in Translation & Interpretation through Georgetown University. She served in the Peace Corps in Zaire (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Cameroon from 1973-76, and then worked as a Young Professional and Project Economist in the World Bank's Population, Health and Nutrition Department from 1979-1985. She was seconded to the World Health Organization's Essential Drugs Program in Geneva from 1985-1989. She then joined the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine as Senior Lecturer in Health Economics, and was course organizer for the MSc in Public Health in Developing Countries. She was appointed the School's first Distance Learning Coordinator in 1996. In addition to the previously mentioned countries, Professor Foster has also done work in Burundi, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Madagascar, Indonesia and Malaysia. Her research interests are primarily on the economics of infectious disease, particularly antibiotic and antimicrobial resistance, malaria, HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and TB, and [pharmaceutical policy. She is involved in several research projects, primarily in Africa. She speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese. She did her PhD research on the socioeconomic impact of HIV/AIDS in Zambia. Professor Foster teaches PH511: Pathogens, Poverty and Populations, IH888: Seminar on International Health Policy Issues, and IH880: Noncommunicable Diseases. Professor Foster is also the Director of Public Policy and Education at the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics (APUA), located on the Tufts Medical Campus in downtown Boston.


  • London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, PhD
  • Ohio University, MA
  • University of Colorado Boulder, BA

Classes Taught

  • SPHGH880
  • SPHGH888
  • SPHPH511
  • SPHPH820


  • Published on 1/1/2010

    Foster SD, Nakamanya S, Kyomuhangi R, Amurwon J, Namara G, Amuron B, Nabiryo C, Birungi J, Wolff B, Jaffar S, Grosskurth H. The experience of "medicine companions" to support adherence to antiretroviral therapy: quantitative and qualitative data from a trial population in Uganda. AIDS Care. 2010; 22 Suppl 1:35-43. PMID: 20680859.

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  • Published on 11/24/2009

    Jaffar S, Amuron B, Foster S, Birungi J, Levin J, Namara G, Nabiryo C, Ndembi N, Kyomuhangi R, Opio A, Bunnell R, Tappero JW, Mermin J, Coutinho A, Grosskurth H. Rates of virological failure in patients treated in a home-based versus a facility-based HIV-care model in Jinja, southeast Uganda: a cluster-randomised equivalence trial. Lancet. 2009 Dec 19; 374(9707):2080-9. PMID: 19939445.

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  • Published on 10/15/2009

    Roberts RR, Hota B, Ahmad I, Scott RD, Foster SD, Abbasi F, Schabowski S, Kampe LM, Ciavarella GG, Supino M, Naples J, Cordell R, Levy SB, Weinstein RA. Hospital and societal costs of antimicrobial-resistant infections in a Chicago teaching hospital: implications for antibiotic stewardship. Clin Infect Dis. 2009 Oct 15; 49(8):1175-84. PMID: 19739972.

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  • Published on 8/11/2008

    Seeley J, Biraro S, Shafer LA, Nasirumbi P, Foster S, Whitworth J, Grosskurth H. Using in-depth qualitative data to enhance our understanding of quantitative results regarding the impact of HIV and AIDS on households in rural Uganda. Soc Sci Med. 2008 Nov; 67(9):1434-46. PMID: 18701204.

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  • Published on 10/1/2006

    Terris-Prestholt F, Kumaranayake L, Foster S, Kamali A, Kinsman J, Basajja V, Nalweyso N, Quigley M, Kengeya-Kayondo J, Whitworth J. The role of community acceptance over time for costs of HIV and STI prevention interventions: analysis of the Masaka Intervention Trial, Uganda, 1996-1999. Sex Transm Dis. 2006 Oct; 33(10 Suppl):S111-6. PMID: 16505738.

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  • Published on 1/22/2005

    McKee M, Foster S. George W Bush's second term. BMJ. 2005 Jan 22; 330(7484):155-6. PMID: 15661759.

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  • Published on 1/1/2004

    Needham DM, Bowman D, Foster SD, Godfrey-Faussett P. Patient care seeking barriers and tuberculosis programme reform: a qualitative study. Health Policy. 2004 Jan; 67(1):93-106. PMID: 14726009.

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  • Published on 11/1/2001

    Trouiller P, Torreele E, Olliaro P, White N, Foster S, Wirth D, PĂ©coul B. Drugs for neglected diseases: a failure of the market and a public health failure? Trop Med Int Health. 2001 Nov; 6(11):945-51. PMID: 11703850.

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  • Published on 4/1/2001

    Needham DM, Foster SD, Tomlinson G, Godfrey-Faussett P. Socio-economic, gender and health services factors affecting diagnostic delay for tuberculosis patients in urban Zambia. Trop Med Int Health. 2001 Apr; 6(4):256-9. PMID: 11348515.

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  • Published on 3/1/2001

    Walker D, Muyinda H, Foster S, Kengeya-Kayondo J, Whitworth J. The quality of care by private practitioners for sexually transmitted diseases in Uganda. Health Policy Plan. 2001 Mar; 16(1):35-40. PMID: 11238428.

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