Taryn Vian, PhD

Clinical Professor, Global Health
Taryn Vian
(617) 414-1447tvian@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – CT375
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Taryn Vian is Associate Professor of Global 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

  • Associate Chair of Education, Global Health, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Boston Medical Center


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

Classes Taught

  • SPHGH757
  • SPHGH773
  • SPHGH773
  • SPHGH941
  • SPHGH942
  • SPHGH943
  • SPHPH718


  • Published on 11/25/2016

    Rockers PC, Wirtz VJ, Vian T, Onyango MA, Ashigbie PG, Laing R. Study protocol for a cluster-randomised controlled trial of an NCD access to medicines initiative: evaluation of Novartis Access in Kenya. BMJ Open. 2016 Nov 25; 6(11):e013386. PMID: 27888177.

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  • Published on 9/29/2016

    Mackey TK, Kohler JC, Savedoff WD, Vogl F, Lewis M, Sale J, Michaud J, Vian T. The disease of corruption: views on how to fight corruption to advance 21(st) century global health goals. BMC Med. 2016 Sep 29; 14(1):149. PMID: 27680102.

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  • Published on 5/15/2016

    Vian T, Kohler J. Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA): Pathways to transparency, accountability, and access. Cross-case analysis and review of Phase II. World Health Organization. Geneva. 2016.

  • Published on 4/9/2016

    Vian T. Consortium of Universities for Global Health, 6th Annual Global Health Conference. Corruption and global health security: tools for health security. 2016.

  • Published on 12/29/2015

    Vian T. Connecting health and the fight against corruption. The Global Anticorruption Blog. 2015.

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  • Published on 11/2/2015

    Wolff J, Bryant M, Vian T. Challenges of teaching field-based courses: Chaos and complexity. 143rd Meeting of the American Public Health Association. Chicago, Illinois. 2015.

  • Published on 11/1/2015

    Vian T, Crable E. International Encyclopedia of Public Health Second Edition forthcoming. Corruption and the consequences for public health. Elsevier. 2015.

  • Published on 10/20/2015

    Scott NA, Henry EG ,Biemba G, Hamer DH, Gilles S, Vian T, Semrau KE. Can high quality maternity homes facilitate access to facility delivery in Zambia? Global Maternal Newborn Health Conference, Mexico City, Mexico. 2015.

  • Published on 8/15/2015

    Sabin LL, Bachman DeSilva M, Gill CJ, Zhong L, Vian T, Xie W, Cheng F, Xu K, Lan G, Haberer JE, Bangsberg DR, Li Y, Lu H, Gifford AL. Improving Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy With Triggered Real-time Text Message Reminders: The China Adherence Through Technology Study. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2015 Aug 15; 69(5):551-9. PMID: 25886927.

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  • Published on 8/11/2015

    Vian T, Feeley FG, Domente S, Negruta A, Matei A, Habicht J. Barriers to universal health coverage in Republic of Moldova: a policy analysis of formal and informal out-of-pocket payments. BMC Health Serv Res. 2015; 15:319. PMID: 26260324.

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