Taryn Vian, PhD

Associate Professor, Global Health
Taryn Vian
(617) 414-1447tvian@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – CT375
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Taryn Vian is Associate Professor of International Health at the Boston University School of Public Health and co-Faculty Director of the dual degree MBA-MPH program in global health management at Boston University. Her consulting, research, and teaching focus on corruption and health, good governance, financial reforms and supply management systems. Dr. Vian has analyzed corruption vulnerabilities in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Rwanda, Zambia, Uganda, Mozambique, Malawi and Vietnam for clients including USAID, Transparency International, the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Center in Norway, and the Council of Europe. She has led qualitative and quantitative research examining the practice of informal payments in Albania, Vietnam, and Moldova. Dr. Vian analyzed financial reforms to improve transparency and accountability in Lesotho public hospitals, and has participated in Global Advisory Groups and expert meetings organized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, UNDESA and WHO on logistics management, public engagement in anti-corruption, and transparency in the pharmaceutical sector. Dr. Vian has worked in over 30 countries including two years managing a child health project in the Philippines. She is also a master teacher, having won many teaching awards including the Norman A Scotch award for excellence in teaching in 2011, the highest teaching award offered by the School of Public Health. Dr. Vian is a returned Peace Corps volunteer from Cameroon and has a BA in Philosophy from Colgate University, an MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a PhD in Public Policy and Global Health from Boston University.

Other Positions:

  • Boston Medical Center


  • Colgate University, BA
  • Harvard University, MSc
  • Boston University, PhD

Classes Taught

  • SPHIH757
  • SPHIH773
  • SPHIH941


  • Published on 10/2/2013

    Vian T, Koseki S, Feeley FG, Beard J. Strengthening capacity for AIDS vaccine research: analysis of the Pfizer Global Health Fellows Program and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. BMC Health Serv Res. 2013; 13:378.

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  • Published on 7/20/2013

    Wirtz VJ, Vian T, Kaplan WA, Simon JL. Measuring universities' commitments to global health. Lancet. 2013 Jul 20; 382(9888):204-5.

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  • Published on 7/16/2013

    Bachman Desilva M, Gifford AL, Keyi X, Li Z, Feng C, Brooks M, Harrold M, Yueying H, Gill CJ, Wubin X, Vian T, Haberer J, Bangsberg D, Sabin L. Feasibility and Acceptability of a Real-Time Adherence Device among HIV-Positive IDU Patients in China. AIDS Res Treat. 2013; 2013:957862.

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  • Published on 1/4/2013

    Vian T, Bicknell WJ. Good governance and budget reform in Lesotho Public Hospitals: performance, root causes and reality. Health Policy Plan. 2013 Jan 4.

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  • Published on 1/1/2013

    Vian T, McIntosh N, Grabowski A, Brooks B, Jack B, Limakatso Nkabane E. Endline Study for Queen 'Mamohato Hospital Public Private Partnership (PPP) in Lesotho. World Bank Final Report. 2013; September.

  • Published on 1/1/2013

    Vian T, Koseki S, Feeley FG, Beard J. Strengthening capacity for AIDS vaccine research: analysis of the Pfizer Global Health Fellows Program and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. BMC Health Services Research. 2013; 13:378.

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  • Published on 11/16/2012

    Vian T, Semrau K, Hamer DH, Loan le TT, Sabin LL. HIV/AIDS-Related Knowledge and Behaviors Among Most-at-Risk Populations in Vietnam. Open AIDS J. 2012; 6:259-65.

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  • Published on 8/24/2012

    Rashidian A, Joudaki H, Vian T. No evidence of the effect of the interventions to combat health care fraud and abuse: a systematic review of literature. PLoS One. 2012; 7(8):e41988.

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  • Published on 6/8/2012

    Vian T, Miller C, Themba Z, Bukuluki P. Perceptions of per diems in the health sector: evidence and implications. Health Policy Plan. 2013 May; 28(3):237-46.

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  • Published on 1/1/2012

    Vian T, Brinkerhoff DW, Feeley FG, Salomon M, and Vien, NTK. Confronting corruption in the health sector in Vietnam: Patterns and prospects. Public Administration and Development. 2012; 32:49-63.

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