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Dr Nicola Foster

BPharm MPH PhD

Research Fellow

Room
104B

LSHTM
Keppel Street
London
WC1E 7HT
United Kingdom

I trained and worked as a pharmacist in South Africa, followed by post-graduate training in Public Health and Health Economics. I have previously held research posts at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and Lancaster University, United Kingdom.

Affiliations

Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health
Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology

Centres

Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases (CMMID)
Centre for Statistical Methodology
TB Centre

Teaching

I co-organise the distance learning module, Fundamentals of Epidemiology (EPM101). I also teach on the Social Epidemiology module of the MSc in Epidemiology. I co-organised and taught a workshop on model-based economic evaluations in Ethiopia, in collaboration with the Ethiopian Public Health Institute (EPHI). 

Research

My research interests include the measurement of social and structural determinants of tuberculosis, active tuberculosis case finding, and adherence to tuberculosis treatment. Previous projects include an economic evaluation of pharmacy human resources to support anti-retroviral therapy roll-out in South Africa; economic evaluations of the South African national roll-out of Xpert MTB/RIF; and investment in changing patient pathways through tuberculosis screening, diagnosis and treatment.

Current work includes evaluating the social determinants of changes in tuberculosis prevalence in Viet Nam and the equity impact of a tuberculosis treatment adherence intervention in Ethiopia. 

Research Area
Clinical trials
Decision analysis
Public health
Social and structural determinants of health
Equity
Global Health
Modelling
Disease and Health Conditions
HIV/AIDS
Tuberculosis
Country
Ethiopia
United Kingdom
Vietnam
South Africa

Selected Publications

Social determinants of the changing tuberculosis prevalence in Việt Nam: Analysis of population-level cross-sectional studies.
Foster N; Nguyen HV; Nguyen NV; Nguyen HB; Tiemersma EW; Cobelens FGJ; Quaife M; Houben RMGJ
2022
PLOS Medicine
Strengthening health systems to improve the value of tuberculosis diagnostics in South Africa: A cost and cost-effectiveness analysis.
Foster N; Cunnama L; McCarthy K; Ramma L; Siapka M; Sinanovic E; Churchyard G; Fielding K; Grant AD; Cleary S
2021
PLOS ONE
Catastrophic costs potentially averted by tuberculosis control in India and South Africa: a modelling study.
Verguet S; Riumallo-Herl C; Gomez GB; Menzies NA; Houben RMGJ; Sumner T; Lalli M; White RG; Salomon JA; Cohen T
2017
The Lancet Global health
The economic burden of TB diagnosis and treatment in South Africa.
Foster N; Vassall A; Cleary S; Cunnama L; Churchyard G; Sinanovic E
2015
Social science & medicine (1982)
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