Center for Promotion of Advancement in Society (CPAS) was founded in 2006 by high-caliber public health and medical scientists. CPAS operates as a nonprofit independent research organization under the auspices of the Vietnamese Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA).


CPAS aims to become a center of excellence in socio-medical, population health, healthcare services research, clinical trials, health promotion, and training.


  • To improve the health and healthcare of Vietnamese people – especially the poor, marginalized and vulnerable populations, through leading-edge research, training, innovation, and dissemination.
  • To design, execute, and rigorously evaluate novel models of health promotion, healthcare delivery, clinical trials, and innovative interventions and treatment technologies using state-of-the-art research methods, including experimental, observational and statistical modeling.
  • To prepare the next generation of high-caliber healthcare researchers and professionals in Vietnam and internationally through research, training, and mentorship.


Scientific excellence and integrity;

Effectiveness, efficiency, and quality;

Collaboration and teamwork;

Centered on the patient, the family, and the community;

Trust, relevance; and



CPAS is the forefront of socio-medial and population health research, utilizing a multidisciplinary approach that draws on a wide range of fields, including public health, environmental health, epidemiology, medical and social sciences. The key focus of CPAS’s research programs is to identify and address key emerging health issues currently faced by the Vietnamese population, particularly in the context of Vietnam’s rapid socioeconomic transformation. The findings from such research provide actionable information to transform disease prevention and management, as well as healthcare delivery, enabling the Vietnamese people, both individually and collectively, to live healthy lives with a high quality of life. CPAS’s research covers a broad range of topics, including, but not limited to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases, obesity and malnutrition, childhood disability, maternal health, and other lifestyle-related chronic diseases, among others.