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Bach Tran

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Research Interests

Health Economics; Health Policy; E-Health; HIV/AIDS; Substance Abuse; Obesity; Medical Education
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Alberta
Dr. Bach Tran‘s research interests primarily focus on applying decision analytic modeling to inform the development and evaluation of health technologies and policies. He has extensive experience in consulting for United Nations agencies, international organizations and governments on global health and development issues in South-East Asia. Much of his work centers on determining cost-effective interventions, assessing health services and innovations, and strengthening health systems, particularly related to HIV/AIDS and emerging diseases in the region. Dr. Tran is the winner of numerous international and domestic research awards, including the Hopkins Center for AIDS Research’s International Research Award and the Dang Van Ngu Memorial Award. He has been publishing frequently in highly regarded international journals in global health sciences, including The Lancet, Bulletin of the World Health Organization, AIDS and Behaviors,... Dr. Bach Tran earned his PhD (2011) and completed a postdoctoral fellowship (2013) in Health Economics and Policy from the University of Alberta, Canada. He is an alumnus of the Inter Academy Medical Panel’s Young Physician Leaders program (2013). Dr. Bach Tran served as a Health Economist at the Institute of Health Economics, Canada (2013), and a research fellow of the International AIDS Society at the Johns Hopkins University, USA (2014). Since 2015, he is co-chair of the Global Health Innovations Network (GHIN) which aims to fostering innovations, research and publications towards sustainable health and development in LMICs. Currently, Dr. Bach Tran is an Associate Professor and Vice Head of Health Economics Department at Hanoi Medical University. Serving as Vice President of the Vietnam Young Physician Association, Dr. Tran has also been a pioneer in promoting research and evidence-based medicine in the Vietnamese health care system.
Honors & Awards
2017: Early Career Award. School of Public Health, University of Alberta, Canada. 2017: National Youth Representative of Vietnam. 2017: The Golden Globe Youth Science and Technology Award by Ministry of Science and Technology and Vietnam Central Youth Union. 2017: Vietnam's Outstanding Young Physician Award, by Ministry of Health and Vietnam Young Physicians Association. 2017: Hanoi Capital’s Outstanding Citizen Award. 2015: Prevention & Clinical International Research Award. Johns Hopkins University Center for AIDS Research. 2013 & 2014. Young Physician Leaders. InterAcademy Medical Panel (IAMP) and National University Health System Singapore 2013-5: HIV & Drug Use Research Fellowship. International AIDS Society and the U.S. National Institute of Drug Abuse. 2013-5: Canadian Institute of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship. 2012-4: Training and Early Career Development Program Award. Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions, Government of Alberta, Canada. 2011 & 2015: Global Tobacco Control Certificate & Leadership Program Scholarship. Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA 2010: Charles WB Gravett Memorial Scholarship for Superior Academic Achievement in Health Planning and Evaluation. University of Alberta, Canada. 2008: ASEAN Research Scholars. National University of Singapore 2012, 2013, 2015: Dang-Van-Ngu Memorial Award. Hanoi Medical University, Vietnam. 2015: Favourite Teacher Of The Year Award. Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi, Vietnam 2012: Third Prize, at the 16th National Scientific and Technological Conference of Medical Sciences Universities. Vietnam Ministry of Health 2010: INSIGHTS – Best PhD Oral Presentation Award. University of Alberta, School of Public Health, Canada 2006: The Best Graduate Student Honor among Vietnamese Universities. The People’s Committee of Hanoi, Vietnam. 2005: Outstanding Student among Universities. Vietnam Society of Students. 2005: Second Prize at the National Student Scientific Research Contest. Vietnam Ministry of Education and Training 2005: Vietnamese January's Star Award. Vietnam Society of Students. 2004: Vietnam Youth Medal for Creativity. 2004: Second Prize. National Contest for Technological Creativity (VIFOTEC). Vietnam Foundation of Technology. 2004: Special Prize, at the 12th National Scientific and Technological Conference of Medical Sciences Universities. 2004.Vietnam Ministry of Health. 2003 & 2013: Annual Scientific Research Contest for Young Investigators. Second Prize (2003), Third Prize (2013).
Select Publications
Economic evaluation of health interventions and technologies.
  • Tran BX. Willingness to pay for methadone maintenance treatment in Vietnamese epicentres of injection-drug-driven HIV infection. Bulletin of the World Health Organization. May 31 2013;91(7):475-482.
  • Tran BX, Ohinmaa A, Duong AT, Nguyen LT, Houston S, Jacobs P. Cost-effectiveness of integrating methadone maintenance and antiretroviral treatment for HIV-positive drug users in Vietnam's injection-driven HIV epidemics. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Mar 2012;125(3):260-266.
  • Tran BX, Houston S. Mobile phone-based antiretroviral adherence support in Vietnam: Feasibility, patient’s preference, and willingness-to-pay. AIDS and Behaviors, Oct 2012.
  • Tran BX, Nguyen HL, Ohinmaa A, Maher MM, Nong VM, Latkin AC. Longitudinal and cross-sectional assessments of health utility in adults with HIV/AIDS: A systematic review and meta-analysis. BMC Health Services Research. Jan 2015.
  • Tran, B.X., A. Ohinmaa, S. Kuhle, et al., Life course impact of school-based promotion of healthy eating and active living to prevent childhood obesity. PLoS One, Jul 2014. 9(7): p. e102242.
mHealth intervention on HIV and substance abuse
Scientometrics in Health
Prevention of Child Abuse Violence and Injury