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CV: Sue Horton

BA (Cambridge), AM, PhD (Harvard)

Areas of specialization: Economics of health and nutrition in low and middle income countries; economics of public health; cost-effectiveness of health interventions


I became interested in working on health and economics while spending a summer during grad school working for the World Bank, which was newly interested in lending for health.  I then spent six months at the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research in Bangladesh while writing my thesis.  That has led to a lot of varied projects.  I've worked or taught in about 25 low and middle income countries, on topics ranging from labour markets, women's participation, benefits and costs of micronutrient interventions, and currently costs and benefits of breastfeeding, cost and cost-effectiveness of cancer interventions, and disease control priorities in low and middle income countries.  I have also worked on research projects with the World Bank, FAO, WHO, UNICEF, Copenhagen Consensus, among others, and currently the Disease Control Priorities project.

Selected publications

  • Rollins, N., Bhandari N, Hajeebhoy N, Horton S, Lutter C, Martines JM, Piwoz E, Richter L, Victora C.  "Breastfeeding in the 21st century: Why invest, and what it will take to improve breastfeeding practices in less than a generation", Breastfeeding Series Paper 2.  The Lancet 387: 491-504, 2016.

  • Gelband, H,. P. Jha, R. Sankaranarayanan and S. Horton (eds.) Disease Control Priorities (3rd edition): Volume 3: Cancer.  World Bank and Oxford University Press (published November 2015).

  • Gelband, H., P. Jha, R. Sankaranarayanan, C. Gauvreau, S. Horton and the DCP3Cancer Author Group.  "Cancer:  Key messages from Disease Control Priorities, 3rd edition", The Lancet, published online Nov 11 2015

  • Black, R.E., H. Alderman, Z.A. Bhutta, S. Gillespie, L. Haddad, S. Horton, A.Lartey, V. Mannar, M. Ruel, C. G. Victora, S. P. Walker, P. Webb, "Maternal and Child Nutrition Study Group members. Maternal and child nutrition: building momentum for impact." Lancet 382 (9890): 272-375, 2013.
  • Bhutta, Z. A., J. K. Das, A. Rizvi, M. F. Gaffey, N. Walker, S. Horton, P. Webb, A. Lartey, R. E. Black for "Lancet Maternal and Child Nutrition & Interventions Review Groups Evidence based interventions for improving maternal and child nutrition: what can be done and at what cost?" Lancet 382 (9890): 452-477, 2013.
  • Horton, S. and R.H. Steckel. "Global economic losses attributable to malnutrition 1900-2000 and projections to 2050." Forthcoming in B. Lomborg (ed.) The way the world is: past, present and future global challenges. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Stalker, C.A., S. Horton and C-A Cait. "Single session therapy in a walk-in counselling clinic: a pilot study." Journal of Systematic Therapies 31(1):38-52, 2012.
  • Horton, S., C.A. Stalker, C-A Cait and L. Josling. "Sustaining walk-in counseling services." Healthcare Quarterly 15(3): 44-49, 2012.
  • Horton, S., A. Wesley and V. Mannar. "Double-fortified salt reduces anemia, benefit:cost ration is modestly favourable." Food Policy, 2011, doi:10,1016/j.foodpol.2011.06.002
  • Sartori, D., G.J. Casey, S.E. Horton, R.Q. Phuc, LB. Phu, D.R. Thach, R.C. Dai, G. Fattore, A. Montresor, B.A. Biggs. "Cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit of a deworming and weekly iron supplementation programme in women of reproductive age in Vietnam." Forthcoming, PLoS (Public Library of Science) ONE.
  • Horton, S. and A. Miloff. "Iodine status and availability of iodized salt: an across-country analysis." Food and Nutrition Bulletin 31(2): 214-220, 2010
  • Horton, S., M. Shekar, C. McDonald, A. Mahal, J.K. Brooks. Scaling Up Nutrition: what will it cost? Washington DC: World Bank Directions in Development, 2009.

University of Waterloo