Taryn Vian, PhD

Clinical Professor, Global Health
Taryn Vian
(617) 414-1447tvian@bu.edu
Crosstown Center – 375
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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


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

Classes Taught

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


  • Published on 6/2/2017

    Vian T, Kohler JC, Forte G, Dimancesco D. Promoting transparency, accountability, and access through a multi-stakeholder initiative: lessons from the medicines transparency alliance. J Pharm Policy Pract. 2017; 10:18. PMID: 28588896.

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  • Published on 5/30/2017

    Henry EG, Semrau K, Hamer DH, Vian T, Nambao M, Mataka K, Scott NA. The influence of quality maternity waiting homes on utilization of facilities for delivery in rural Zambia. Reprod Health. 2017 May 30; 14(1):68. PMID: 28558800.

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  • Published on 12/7/2016

    Maria del Rosario Martinez. ‘La corrupción en el sector salud’ por Taryn Vian [Interview with RSalud, an Argentinean health magazine]. RSalud. 2016.

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  • 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 11/3/2016

    Vian T, Crable EL. Quah SR and Cockerham WC (eds.). The International Encyclopedia of Public Health. Corruption and the Consequences for Public Health. Academic Press. Oxford, UK. 2016; 2:168-176.

  • Published on 11/2/2016

    Vian T, White EE, Mataka K, Biemba G, Scott N. Willingness to pay for a maternity waiting home stay in Zambia. Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. 2016.

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  • Published on 10/17/2016

    Vian T, Bachman Desilva M, Cabral HJ, Williams GC, Gifford AL, Zhong L, Xie W, Gill CJ, Sabin LL. The role of motivation in predicting ART adherence in China. Journal of Health Psychology. 2016.

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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 21st century global health goals. BMC Med. 2016 Sep 29; 14(1):149. PMID: 27680102.

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  • Published on 6/27/2016

    McIntosh N, Vian T, Grabowski A, Nkholongo E, Jack B. AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting. Can a public-private partnership for hospital management help curb corruption?. 2016.

  • 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.

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