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Sue Horton

Professor and CIGI Chair in Global Health Economics


BA Economics (1977, Cambridge University)

MA Economics (1981, Harvard University)

PhD Economics (1982, Harvard University)

Contact information

Office: HH146

Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 39165


Sue Horton

Teaching interests

Economics of public health, health policy, international health

Research interests

My current research focuses on economic aspects of health and nutrition internationally.  This includes cost-effectiveness, cost, and prioritization of interventions of many kinds.  I have particular expertise in micronutrients, undernutrition, the double-burden of nutrition, but also a wide range of other interventions.  I have a current project on the cost-effectiveness of walk-in counselling services in Ontario, an area where little previous research exists.  

Selected publications

  • Sartori, D., G.J. Casey, S.E. Horton, R.Q. Phuc, L.B.Phu, D.T. 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.  PLoS ONE 6(9):e23723, 2011. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023723.

  • S. Horton, A. Wesley and V. Mannar.  Double-fortified salt reduces anemia, benefit:cost ratio is modestly favourable.  Food Policy, 2011, doi:10,1016/j.foodpol.2011.06.002
  • S. Horton and A. Miloff.  Iodine status and availability of iodized salt: an across-country analysis.  Food and Nutrition Bulletin 31(2): 214-220, 2010
  • S. Horton, M. Shekar, C. McDonald and A. Mahal.  Scaling-up nutrition: what will it cost?  Washington DC: World Bank Directions in Development, 2009

  • A.Hall, S. Horton and N. de Silva.  The costs and cost-effectiveness of mass treatment for intestinal nematode worm infections using different treatment thresholds.  Public Library of Science: Neglected Diseases, March 3(3), 2009
  • Brown, K.H., S.Y. Hess, E. Boy, R.S. Gibson, S. Horton, S.J.Osendarp, F. Sempertegui, R. Shrimpton and I. Rudan.  Setting priorities for zinc-related health research to reduce children’s disease burden worldwide: an application of the CHNRI research priority-setting method.  Public Health Nutrition 22:1-8, 2008
  • S. Horton.  High aspirations: differences in employee satisfaction between university faculty and staff.  Applied Research in Quality of Life, 1:315-322, 2006
  • S. Horton.  The economics of food fortification.  Journal of Nutrition, 136:1068-1071, 2006
  • W. Sharieff, S. Horton and S. Zlotkin.  Economic Gains of a home fortification program: evaluation of “Sprinkles” from provider’s perspective.  Canadian Journal of Public Health 97, 1:20-23, 2006
  • S. Horton, H. Alderman and J Rivera D.  Copenhagen Consensus 2008 Challenge Paper: Hunger and Malnutrition.  Forthcoming, in B. Lomborg (ed.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  Available at Copenhagen Consensus Center.
  • Essaji, A. and S. Horton.  Silent Escalation: Salaries of senior university administrators in Ontario, 1996-2006.  Forthcoming, Higher Education.
  • S. Horton.  The 1974 and 2008 food price crises: déjà vu?  Forthcoming in J. Clapp and M. Cohen (eds.) The Global Food Crisis: Governance challenges and opportunities.  Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 2009.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • S. Horton, C.A. Stalker, C-A Cait and L. Josling.  Sustaining walk-in counseling services.  Healthcare Quarterly 15(3): 44-49, 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.

  • S. Horton 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, forthcoming.

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