Pham Hoang Van MD MSc DrPH – Principal Investigator

Dr. Pham has 15 years of work experience in conducting health research and evaluation of health intervention projects in Vietnam, and other countries in South East Asia, addressing key public health issues including but not limited to reproductive and sexual health, HIV/AIDS, substance use, nutrition, tuberculosis, and water and sanitation. She has served as Principal or Co-Investigator for several research studies funded by the Wellcome Trust, USAID, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and STI-AIDS Netherlands. Her past and current research employ a range of methods: large-scale quantitative surveys, randomized control trials, qualitative studies, process evaluations, policy assessments, and capacity assessments. She has been in charge of different stages of research/evaluation designation, implementation, and management.

In addition to research experience, she has considerable experience in managing and conducting training courses, including training of trainers, in different heath topics i.e. HIV/AIDS, Reproductive and Sexual Health, and Interpersonal communication skills, training on research methodologies, curriculum development, and mentorship.


MD – Hanoi Medical University

MSc – Harvard School of Public Health

DrPH – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Selected Research Projects

Process Evaluation of the program “Improving Policy and Evidence-Based Services For People Who Use Drug in Vietnam” ( 2012-2013). Conducted by ISMS for Family Health International (FHI 360). Sponsor: Atlantic Philanthropy. Role: Team Leader

Clinical research: Tuberculosis Clinical Trials Consortium (TBTC) study in Ha Noi, Vietnam ( 2012 – 2013). Sponsor: Westat.  Role: Regional Clinical Research Associate, monitoring Hanoi site

Policy environment assessment and process evaluation of Alive & Thrive franchise interventions on Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices and on Childhood Stunting of The rural areas in Vietnam (2010-2013). Sponsor: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Role: Team Leader.

Final Evaluation of PATH supported project “Enhance the role of pharmacies as community health providers” in Vietnam (2012). Sponsor: Atlantic Philanthropies. Role: Co-Investigator, in charge of qualitative component of the evaluation.

Baseline Survey “Scaling Up Community-Led Total Sanitation in Laos” (2012). Sponsor: World Bank. Role: Principle Investigator

Gap Analysis “Needle and Syringe Gap Analysis in 9 PEPFAR provinces and Lao Cao province in Vietnam” (2011-2012). Abt Associates. Sponsor: USAID. Role: Investigator.

Rapid Assessment on Most-At-Risk-Populations in Vietnam (2011). ISMS for FHI360. Sponsor: USAID via FHI 360. Role: Principle Investigator

Case Studies “Development of case studies of HIV service delivery good practice in Viet Nam from a viewpoint of continuum of prevention and care” (2011). Sponsor: World Health Organization. Role: Senior Researcher.

Qualitative research on barriers and facilitators for care and treatment services among people living with HIV in Hai Phong and Can Tho (2011). Sponsor: USAID via FHI. Role: Co- Investigator

Alive & Thrive baseline survey in 11 project provinces (2011). ISMS, Sponsor: the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Role: Research Co-Team Leader

Second round behavioral survey on sexual and injecting drug use behavior and use of HIV services among female sex workers in 7 provinces (2011). ISMS, conducted for Population Services International (PSI) Vietnam. Role: Co-Team Leader

Post Construction HIV Prevention on the Phnom Penh – HCM City Highway, Southern Corridor, Subproject 8 (2011). Sponsor: Asian Development Bank via World Vision Australia. Role: Team Leader, in charge of development of behavior change communication/information, education and communication materials

Research for improved evidence-based planning: reproductive health care services for women from poor, remote, or minority backgrounds (2010-2011). ISMS in collaboration with Population Council and Thai Nguyen University of Medicine and Pharmacy (TN-UMP), funded by Atlantic Philanthropies. Role: Senior Researcher

Participatory action research to improve access to health and social services among children with disabilities (2010-2011). CPAS, funded by the Wellcome Trust. Role: Co-Investigator

Qualitative study on the use of medical abortion in Vietnam: barriers, facilitators, and contexts (2010-2011). CPAS, funded by Asian Development Network. Role: Senior Researcher                                                              

Needs assessment of the “Move Forward Project” (2010). ISMS, funded by STI-AIDS Netherlands. Role: Principal Investigator

Strengthening the returned fellow network to support public health professionals doing research in the provinces (2010). ISMS, in collaboration with Population Council Vietnam. Role: Co-Director and mentor for trainees’ small research projects

Qualitative assessment of infant and young child feeding in the context of HIV in Vietnam (2009-2010). Sponsor: USAIDS/AED (FANTA 2) via ISMS. Role: Senior Researcher

Quantitative Study: Condom use, VCT use, BTC TRaC study among male injecting drug users in the 7 PEPFAR provinces (2009-2010). ISMS, conducted for PSI Vietnam, Sponsor: USAID/PEPFAR. Role: Co-team leader

Baseline survey in Vietnam and Cambodia for the project titled “Post-Construction HIV Prevention on the Phnom Penh – HCM City Highway, Southern Corridor” (2009-2010). Sponsor: Asian Development Bank via ISMS. Role: Data analyst and report writer

Evaluation of building the reproductive health capacity of the commune health network project in Khanh Hoa Province and Da Nang City in Vietnam (2007-2009). CPAS, funded by Global Development Network. Role: Co-Principal Investigator

Randomized intervention trial on gender-specific HIV/AIDS prevention for adolescents and young adults in Vietnam (2005-2007). University of Maryland, funded by NIH. Role: Consulting Researcher

Peer-reviewed Publications

Nguyen LT, Kaptchuk TJ, Davis RB, Nguyen G, Pham V, Tringale SM, Loh YL, Gardiner P. 2016. The Use of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine Among Vietnamese Immigrants Attending an Urban Community Health Center in the United States. J Altern Complement Med. 2016 Feb;22(2):145-53.

Pham DM, Byrkit M, Pham HV, Pham T, Nguyen CT. 2013. Improving Pharmacy Staff Knowledge and Practice on Childhood Diarrhea Management in Vietnam: Are Educational Interventions Effective? PLoS ONE 8(10): e74882.

Van Pham, Hoang Nguyen, Le Huu Tho, Truong Tan Minh, Porntip Lerdboon, Rosemary Riel, Mackenzie Green and L. Kaljee. 2012. “Evaluation of Three Adolescent Sexual Health Programs in Ha Noi and Khanh Hoa Province, Vietnam,” AIDS Research and Treatment. Volume 2012, Article ID 986978.

Anh D Ngo, Dana Alden, Van Pham, and Ha Phan. 2010. The Impact of Social Franchising on the Use of Reproductive Health and Family Planning Services at Public Community Clinics in Vietnam. BMC Health Services Research 2010, 10:54

Anh Ngo, Ha Phan, Van Pham, Thang Trinh, Khoa Truong. 2009. Impacts of a government social franchise model on perceptions of service quality and client satisfaction at commune health stations in Vietnam. Journal of Development Effectiveness; 1(4): 413 – 429

Lerdboon P, Pham V, Green M, Riel R, Tho LH. Strategies for developing gender-specific HIV prevention for adolescents in Vietnam. AIDS Education and Prevention, 2008 Oct;20(5):384-398.

Kaljee, L., Pham, V., Nguyen, S., Nguyen, H, Vu, T., Do, C., Le, T., Mohammad, A., Ochiai, R., Danovaro-Holliday, C., Acosta, C., Stanton, B., Clemens, J. Trial participation and vaccine desirability for Vi polysaccharide typhoid fever vaccine in Hue City, Viet Nam. Tropical Medicine and International Health, 2007;12(1):25-36.

Borse, C. Gazal-Carvalho, A. Murthy, J. Onishi, V. Pham, M. Wen, T. Baker. 2005. The Burden of Violence and Injuries in Maryland. Maryland Medicine