Deputy Director
Associate Professor

Community Medicine and Population Health
Institute for Rural Health Research

Phone: (205) 348-5148


Dr. Pamela Payne Foster, MD, MPH is a Preventive Medicine/Public Health Physician who is an Associate Professor in the Department of Community and Rural Medicine and Deputy Director, Institute for Rural Health Research, at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa Regional Campus. Dr. Foster  mainly teaches medical students in her role as former Co-Clerkship Director for the Community Rural Medicine Clerkship, as a former Learning Community Leader, as a faculty member in the Community Rural Medicine Ambulatory Acting Internship, and as a frequent Special Topics and Co-Enrolled Elective Instructor. However, she also teaches and interacts with undergraduate and graduate students on the University of Alabama campus mainly in her role as coordinator of many health related service learning and in research activities, predominately in rural underserved communities in Alabama.Dr. Foster’s main areas of interest in all activities have been health disparities: including HIV/AIDS, obesity and diabetes; bioethics and medical ethics; and diversity and cultural competency issues in health care.