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Taryn Vian, PhD

TitleClinical Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentGlobal Health
Address801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 414-1447
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-6968-7002
Other Positions
TitleAssociate Chair of Education
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentGlobal Health

InstitutionBoston Medical Center

 Awards and Honors

Start-EndDescription
2003BU School of Public Health: Fall 2003 Excellence in Teaching Award
2005BU School of Public Health: Spring 2005 Excellence in Teaching Award
2007BU School of Public Health: Spring 2007 Excellence in Teaching Award
2009BU School of Public Health: Spring 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award
2010University Professors Program, Boston University: Alumni Award for Outstanding Dissertation
2010BU School of Public Health: Spring 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award
2011Boston University School of Public Health: Norman A Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching
2011BU School of Public Health: Spring 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award
2012BU School of Public Health: Fall 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award
2012BU School of Public Health: Spring 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award
2013BU School of Public Health: Spring 2013 Excellence in Teaching Award
2014BU School of Public Health: Spring 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award
2014BU School of Public Health: Fall 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
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.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • corruption
  • financial management
  • global health
  • governance
  • health reform
  • program evaluation
 Publications
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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Vian, T., Crable, E.L. Quah, S.R. and Cockerham, W.C. (eds.) The International Encyclopedia of Public Health. Corruption and the Consequences for Public Health. Academic Press. Oxford, UK. 2016; 2:168-176.
  4. 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; DOI: 10.1111/jmwh.12528.
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  5. Taryn Vian, Mary Bachman DeSilva, Howard J Cabral, Geoffrey C Williams, Allen L Gifford, Li Zhong, Wubin Xie, Christopher J Gill, Lora L Sabin. The role of motivation in predicting ART adherence in China. Journal of Health Psychology. 2016; DOI: 10.1177/1359105316672922.
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  6. 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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  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Vian T. Consortium of Universities for Global Health, 6th Annual Global Health Conference. Corruption and global health security: tools for health security. 2016.
  10. Vian T. Connecting health and the fight against corruption. The Global Anticorruption Blog. 2015.
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  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Sabin L, Vian T ,Bachman DeSilva M, Gifford AL, Li Z, Wubin X, Falconer A, Feng C, Keyi X, Yiyao L, Roche S, Haberer J, Bangsberg D, Gill CJ. It will remind me to take my doses on time: Views of participating in an antiretroviral therapy adherence intervention in China. 10th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence. Miami, Florida. 2015.
  16. Vian T, Bachman DeSilva M, Cabral HJ, Williams GC, Gifford AL, Li Z, Wubin X, Gill CJ, Sabin L. The role of motivation and guilt in predicting HIV adherence in China. 10th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence. Miami, Florida. 2015.
  17. Vian T, Ashigbie P. Accelerating education innovation in the MPH degree program: what is the role of peer review of teaching?. Journal of Health Education Teaching. 2015; 1(6):43-56.
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  18. McIntosh N, Grabowski A, Jack B, Nkabane-Nkholongo EL, Vian T. A Public-Private Partnership Improves Clinical Performance In A Hospital Network In Lesotho. Health Aff (Millwood). 2015 Jun; 34(6):954-62. PMID: 26056200.
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  19. Vian T. OECD (ed.) Consequences of corruption at the sectoral level and implications for economic development. Health. OECD Publishing. Paris. 2015; 53-61.
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  20. Vian T, McIntosh N, Grabowski A, Nkabane-Nkholongo E, Jack B. Hospital public private partnerships in low resource settings: a qualitative study of how PPP management transforms systems and performance. Health Systems & Reform. 2015; 1(2):155-166.
  21. Scott NA, Gille S, Vian T, Biemba G, Hamer D, and Haley C. Increasing Equitable Access to Safe Deliveries in Zambia: A Formative Evaluation. Poster 45; Collaborative, Participatory and Empowerment Evaluation Track. Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Denver, CO. 2014.
  22. Ciccone DK, Vian T, Maurer L, Bradley EH. Linking governance mechanisms to health outcomes: a review of the literature in low- and middle-income countries. Soc Sci Med. 2014 Sep; 117:86-95. PMID: 25054281.
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  23. Sabin L, Bachman DeSilva M, Vian T, Gill CJ, Zhong L, Cheng F, Xie W, Fox M, Xu K, Haberer J, Bangsberg D, Gifford AL. Improving Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy through Real-time Feedback: The China Adherence through Technology Study (CATS). XX International AIDS Conference. #WEPDB0104. Melbourne, Australia (poster presentation). 2014.
  24. Sabin L, Bachman DeSilva M, Gill CJ, Zhong L, Vian T, Wubin X, Cheng F, Xu K, Haberer J, Bangsberg D, and Gifford AL. The China Adherence through Technology Study: The Effect of Real-time Feedback on Adherence to Antiretroviral Therapy. Abstract #493. 9th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence. Miami, Florida. (oral presentation). 2014.
  25. Sabin L, Bachman DeSilva M, Gill CJ, Zhong L, Vian T, Wubin X, Cheng F, Xu K, Haberer J, Bangsberg D, and Gifford AL. Real-time antiretroviral treatment monitoring among HIV-positive individuals in southern China: early experiences with ‘Wisepill.’ Abstract #369. Oral presentation. 9th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence. Miami, Florida. (oral presentation). 2014.
  26. Vian T. Corruption risk assessment in the health sector in Kosovo. UNDP. Pristina, Kosovo. 2014.
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  27. Vian T. Libro Bianco sulla Corruption in Sanita. [White Book on Corruption in Health]. Edited by: Instituto per la Promozione dell’Etica in Sanità (ISPE). “Il contesto internazionale e l'evoluzione dei processi corruttivi in sanità.” [The international context and the evolution of processes of corruption in health]. ISPE. Rome, Italy. 2014; 18-25.
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  28. Vian T. Increasing transparency and financial accountability in Lesotho’s health sector: Why performance-based budgeting is not the answer. 141st Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association. Boston, MA. (oral presentation). 2013.
  29. 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. PMID: 24088300.
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  30. Vian T. Complaint mechanisms in health organizations. U4 Brief. U4 Anti-corruption Resource Centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute. Bergen, Norway. 2013.
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  31. Wirtz VJ, Vian T, Kaplan WA, Simon JL. Measuring universities' commitments to global health. Lancet. 2013 Jul 20; 382(9888):204-5. PMID: 23870527.
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  32. 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. PMID: 23956851.
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  33. Bachman DeSilva M, Gifford A, Xu K, Haberer J, Bangsberg D, Sabin L, Gill C, Vian T, Brooks M, Hu Y, Xie W, Li Z, Harrold M, Feng C. Feasibility and acceptability of a real-time adherence monitoring device among HIV-positive patients in China. 8th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence, Miami, (poster presentation). 2013.
  34. Vian T, Koseki S, Feeley FF, Beard J. “Strengthening Capacity for AIDS Vaccine Research: Analysis of the Pfizer Global Health Fellows Program and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative” Fourth Annual Conference of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH). (poster presentation). 2013.
  35. Vian T, Bicknell WJ. Good governance and budget reform in Lesotho Public Hospitals: performance, root causes and reality. Health Policy Plan. 2014 Sep; 29(6):673-84. PMID: 23293099.
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  36. 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.
  37. Vian T, Feeley FG. Framework for addressing out-of-pocket and informal payments for health services in Moldova. WHO Regional Office for Europe. Chisinau, Moldova. 2013.
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  38. Vian T. Implementing a transparency and accountability policy to reduce corruption: the GAVI Alliance in Cameroon. U4 Brief. U4 Anti-corruption resource centre, Chr. Michelsen Institute. Bergen, Norway. 2013.
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  39. 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. PMID: 23173025.
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  40. 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. PMID: 22936981.
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  41. 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. PMID: 22684639.
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  42. 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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  43. Vian T. Exploring the construction of transparency: An analysis of health managers’ narratives. Global Health Governance. 2012; V(2).
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  44. Vian T, Sabin L. Per Diem Analysis Toolkit. Issue Paper. U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Center. 2012; 1-40.
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  45. Ha TTT, Tho DTH, Tuan T, Vian T. Informal Payments in Health Services in Vietnam: Causes, Perceptions and Impact. Towards Transparency. Hanoi, Vietnam. 2011.
  46. Vian T, Savedoff W, Mathisen H, editors. Anticorruption in the Health Sector: Strategies for Transparency and Accountability. Kumarian Press. Sterling, VA. 2010.
  47. Vian T. Review of corruption in the health sector: theory, methods and interventions. Health Policy Plan. 2008 Mar; 23(2):83-94. PMID: 18281310.
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  48. Vian T. Corruption and the Consequences for Public Health. International Encyclopedia of Public Health edited by K. Heggenhougen and S. Quah. Academic Press. San Diego, CA. 2008; 2:26-33.
  49. Vian T, Richards SC, McCoy K, Connelly P, Feeley F. Public-private partnerships to build human capacity in low income countries: findings from the Pfizer program. Hum Resour Health. 2007; 5:8. PMID: 17335578.
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  50. Burak LJ, Vian T. . Examining and predicting under-the-table payments for healthcare in Albania: An application of the theory of planned behavior. Journal of Applied Social Psychology. 2007; 37(5):1060-1076.
  51. Vian T, McCoy K, Richards S, Connelly P, Feeley F. Corporate social responsibility in global health: the Pfizer Global Health Fellows international volunteering program. Human Resources Planning. 2007; 30(1):30-35.
  52. Vian T, Burak LJ. Beliefs about informal payments in Albania. Health Policy Plan. 2006 Sep; 21(5):392-401. PMID: 16940304.
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  53. Vian T, Gryboski K, Sinoimeri Z, Hall R. Informal payments in government health facilities in Albania: results of a qualitative study. Social Science & Medicine. 2006; 62(4):877-87.
  54. Vian T. Global Corruption Report 2006: Special Focus Corruption and Health. Edited by Transparency International. Corruption in Hospital Administration. Pluto Press. London. 2006; 48-61.
  55. Vian T. The Sectoral Dimensions of Corruption: Health Care. Fighting Corruption in Developing Countries: Strategies and Analysis. Edited by Bertram I. Spector. Kumarian Press. Bloomfield, CT. 2005; 43-63.
  56. Vian T, Verjee S, Siegrist RB. Decision-support systems in health care. Factors influencing the development and transfer of technology. Int J Technol Assess Health Care. 1993; 9(3):369-79. PMID: 8340202.
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  57. Hauck FR, King J, Vian T. Primary health care in Senegal: lessons learned. Ethn Dis. 1992; 2(1):87-92. PMID: 1458220.
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