Taryn Vian, School of Nursing and Health Professions, University of San Francisco

Taryn Vian, PhD


Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-4129 Cowell 424


Dr. Vian is a public health scholar and academic leader whose work is guided by the belief that all people have the right to access quality health care without having to experience financial hardship. She is dedicated to practice-based teaching and the development of emerging public health leaders eager to work with communities to address the underlying social determinants of health. Through her research and scholarly work, she has furthered efforts to control corruption in the health sector, advance health systems and access to medicines, and evaluate public-private partnerships and community health initiatives. Dr. Vian has published over 120 articles, book chapters, and professional reports, and has served on international technical committees and advised the World Health Organization, Council of Europe, World Bank, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and other clients.

Dr. Vian’s passion for education inspires her efforts to reform curriculum and pedagogy for health professionals, including initiatives to motivate and engage students in the classroom, collaborate with partner organizations in practice-based teaching, and enhance intentional communities of scholar-teachers through peer review. 

Dr. Vian is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer from Cameroon and has a PhD in Public Policy and Global Health from Boston University, an MS in Health Policy and Management from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a BA in Philosophy from Colgate University. Follow her on Twitter @TarynVian.

Co-Director, Community Public Health Practice Concentration
Research Fellow, World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Governance, Accountability and Transparency in the Pharmaceutical Sector. Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Toronto (January 2020 - present)
Clinical Professor of Global Health, Boston University School of Public Health (2016-2019)
Associate Chair, Department of Global Health, Boston University School of Public Health (2015-2018)
PhD, Public Policy and Global Health, University Professors Program, Boston University
SM, Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston
BA Colgate University, Philosophy, Hamilton, NY
Global health
Public-private partnerships
Health policy and management
Corruption in the health sector
Transparency and good governance
Health systems strengthening
Selected Publications

Vian T, Fong R, Kaiser JL, Sakanga V, Mwansa M, Chastain P, Ngoma T, Scott NA. (2020). Using open public meetings and elections to promote inward transparency and accountability: lessons from Zambia. International Journal of Health Policy and Management.

Koller T, Clarke D and Vian T. (2020). Promoting anti-corruption, transparency and accountability to achieve Universal Health Coverage. Global Health Action, 13(sup1). Article 1700660. 

Vian T. (2020). Anti-corruption, transparency and accountability in health: Concepts, frameworks, and approaches. Global Health Action, 13(sup1). Article 1694744.  

Fontanet CP, Fong R, Kaiser JL, Bwalya M, Ngoma T, Vian T, Biemba G, Scott NA. (2020). A qualitative exploration of community ownership of a Maternity Waiting Home model in rural Zambia. Global Health: Science and Practice. 8, 3.  

Henry EG, Ngoma T, Kaiser JL, Fong RM, Vian T, Hamer DH, Rockers PC, Biemba G, Scott NA. (2020). Evaluating implementation effectiveness and sustainability of a maternity waiting homes intervention to improve access to safe delivery in rural Zambia: A mixed-methods protocol. BMC Health Services Research. 20: 191. 

Awards & Distinctions

Norman A. Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching, Boston University. 2011

Alumni Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation, University Professors Program, Boston University. 2010

Awards for Excellence in Teaching, IH757 Fighting Corruption Through Transparency and Accountability, Boston University School of Public Health, and IH773 Financial Management for Health Programs. 2014

Best Abstract Award (with co-author Travis DiJoseph), John McCahan Medical Campus Education Day, Boston University. “Pilot test of the General Observation and Reflection Platform (GORP) for measuring the level of activity in classrooms.” 2016