Lorraine Francis, DrPH, MPH, MHA

Lorraine Francis

Department of Public & Ecosystem Health

Emergency Preparedness & Management Concentration Chief, Associate Professor of Practice

Cornell Public Health

Public & Ecosystem Health

Department of Public & Ecosystem Health
Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
Ithaca, NY 14853


Office: 607.253.3613
Email: lf423@cornell.edu

Research Interest

Communicable disease epidemiology, emerging and re-emerging diseases, vector-borne diseases, emergency preparedness and response, climate change and environmental health.


  • 2018       Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)  
                  The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica
  • 2013       Master of Public Health (MPH)
                  The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad
  • 2011       Master of Health Administration (MHA)
                  The University of Trinidad and Tobago
  • 2006       Bachelor of Science in Biology, minor Environmental Biology (BSC)
                  The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad

Biography/Professional Experience

Lorraine Francis is a public health professional with extensive knowledge of Caribbean health systems from over eighteen years of regional experience in several public health areas including epidemiology, surveillance, emergency and outbreak response, laboratory systems, environmental health and research.  In her current role as Lecturer with the Master in Public Health Program at Cornell, she brings her interest in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Environmental Health research given the challenges with climate change especially on Small Island Developing States.

Prior to joining Cornell University, Lorraine worked in the Microbiology Department in the Laboratory Division at the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre.  More recently she was the Technical Officer Communicable Diseases and Emergency Response in the Surveillance, Disease Prevention and Control Division at the Caribbean Public Health Agency.


  1. Espinal MA, Andrus JK, Jáuregui B, Waterman SH, Morens D, Santos JI, Horstick O, Francis LA, Olson DG. Emerging and Reemerging Aedes-Transmitted Arbovirus Infections in the Region of the Americas: Implications for Health Policy. Am J Public Health 2019; e1-e6.
  2. Francis L, Hunte SA, Valadere AM, Polson-Edwards K, Asin-Oostburg V, Hospedales CJ. Zika virus outbreak in 19 English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean countries and territories, 2015–2016. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2018;42:e120. https://doi.org/10.26633/RPSP.2018.120
  3. Henry M, Francis L, Asin V, Polson-Edwards K, Olowokure B. Chikungunya virus outbreak in Sint Maarten, 2013–2014. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2017;41:e61.
  4. Ahmed S, Francis L, Ricketts PR, Christian T, Polson-Edwards K, Olowokure B. Chikungunya virus outbreak, Dominica, 2014. Emerg Infect Dis. 2015;21(5):362-64.  
  5. Olowokure B, Francis L, Polson-Edwards K, Nasci R, Quénel P, Aldighieri S, Rousset D, Gutierrez C, Ramon-Pardo P, dos Santos T, Hospedales CJ. The Caribbean Response to Chikungunya. Lancet Infect Diseases. 2014;14(11):1039-40.
  6. Phillip D, Antoine P, Cooper V, Francis L, Mangal E, Seepersad N, Ragoo R, Ramsaran S, Singh I, Ramsubhag A. Impact of recreation on recreational water quality of a small tropical stream. J of Environ Monitoring. 2009;11(6):1192-98.
  7. Akapaka PE, Baboolal S, Clarke D, Francis L, Rastogi N. Evaluation of methods for Rapid Detection of Resistance to Isoniazid and Rifampin in Mycobacterium tuberculosis Isolates Collected in the Caribbean. J of Clin Microb. 2008;46(10):3426–28.

Professional/Academic Affiliations

  • International Society of Infectious Diseases (ISID)
  • Global Foodborne Infections Network (GFN)
  • Caribbean animal health network (CaribVET)