Taryn Vian, PhD
Clinical Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Global Health

PhD, Boston University
MSc, Harvard University



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.

Associate Chair of Education
Boston University School of Public Health
Global Health


Boston Medical Center



2014 BU School of Public Health: Fall 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award
2014 BU School of Public Health: Spring 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award
2013 BU School of Public Health: Spring 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award
2012 BU School of Public Health: Spring 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award
2012 BU School of Public Health: Fall 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award
2011 Boston University School of Public Health: Norman A Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching
2011 BU School of Public Health: Spring 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award
2010 BU School of Public Health: Spring 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award
2010 University Professors Program, Boston University: Alumni Award for Outstanding Dissertation
2009 BU School of Public Health: Spring 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award
2007 BU School of Public Health: Spring 2007 Excellence in Teaching Award
2005 BU School of Public Health: Spring 2005 Excellence in Teaching Award
2003 BU School of Public Health: Fall 2003 Excellence in Teaching Award


Transparency & Health Engagement Project Albania
05/04/2017 - 09/30/2017 (PI)
University Research Co., LLC USAID
AID-182-C-17-00002

Novartis Access Initiative Task Order 2
04/29/2016 - 09/30/2017 (Co-PI)
PI: Richard Laing, MBChB, MSc (CHDC) MD
Sandoz International GmbH


Novartis Access Initiative Task Order 1
12/01/2015 - 04/30/2017 (Co-PI)
PI: Richard Laing, MBChB, MSc (CHDC) MD
Sandoz International GmbH


Medicines Transparency Alliance (MeTA) Consultancy
11/19/2015 - 12/18/2015 (PI)
World Health Organization


Endline study for the implementation completion project of the Queen Mamohato Hospital public private partnership (PPP)
02/15/2013 - 06/28/2013 (PI)
World Bank





Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
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  1. Mackey TK, Kohler J, Lewis M, Vian T. Combating corruption in global health. Sci Transl Med. 2017 Aug 09; 9(402). PMID: 28794286.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28558800.
  4. Maria del Rosario Martinez. ‘La corrupción en el sector salud’ por Taryn Vian [Interview with RSalud, an Argentinean health magazine]. RSalud. 2016. View Publication
  5. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27888177; DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2016-013386;.
  6. 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.
  7. 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. View Publication
  8. Vian T, White EE, Biemba G, Mataka K, Scott N. Willingness to Pay for a Maternity Waiting Home Stay in Zambia. J Midwifery Womens Health. 2017 Mar; 62(2):155-162.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28419708; DOI: 10.1111/jmwh.12528;.
  9. 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. View Publication
  10. 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 antiretroviral therapy adherence in China. J Health Psychol. 2016 Oct 01; 1359105316672922.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28810359.
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Bar chart showing 62 publications over 14 distinct years, with a maximum of 11 publications in 2013 and 2015 and 2016

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201311
20147
201511
201611
20173
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corruption
financial management
global health
governance
health reform
program evaluation
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