Vietnam: Population Health and Development

Key Details:

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

Audience: Undergraduate, Medical

Term: 17X

Application deadline: February 17, 2017, 5:00pm

Project Overview:

The Institute of Population Health and Development (PHAD), located in Hanoi, Vietnam, is a leading Vietnamese public health institute dedicated to advancing population health in Vietnam through research, public health interventions, and training. PHAD’s research portfolio spans several areas of public health, including maternal and child health, mental health, and infectious and non-communicable diseases.  The Global Health Initiative has supported students at PHAD since 2014. Past interns have worked on research initiatives in the areas of maternal child health, mental health, and applications of mobile health technologies (mHealth) for disease surveillance. 

As a pioneer in the field in Vietnam, the Institute of Population, Health and Development (PHAD), in collaboration with the both local and foreign partners, including Dartmouth College, has been developing and piloting several mHealth projects in the recent years.  This includes the use of text messages for infectious biosurveillance tested three phases in 2012, 2013, and 2016 in Hung Yen and Hoa Binh provinces; the running pilot of an integrated mHealth – Health Management Information System for pregnant women and new mothers in Thai Nguyen province since 2013; and the recent development and testing of a mobile electrocardiogram (ECG) device to control hypertension in Hanoi. 

In Summer 2017, GHI Interns will work with PHAD on the following two projects:

  • Design and implementation of a clinical trial of the mobile ECG device;
  • Conducting a systematic review as well as assess the usage and effectiveness of mHealth projects in Vietnam

GHI Interns will work in PHAD's Hanoi office and might have to travel around Hanoi and its suburbs to conduct the trials as well as data collection.  They will need to work with PHAD’staff to develop study tools, carry out projects’ activities, design data analysis plans and undertake data analyses, as well as participate in writing scientific papers.


This internship is open to undergraduate and medical students with an interest in global health, global mental health, epidemiology, software development, statistics, anthropology, and/or health policy. Specific requirements are as follows:

  • Successful completion of a research methods course or equivalent training;
  • Prior research experience is highly encouraged;
  • Familiarity with basic statistical software packages is highly advantageous;
  • Strong cross-cultural and interpersonal skills;
  • The ability to adapt to changing priorities and demonstrate flexibility while ensuring project quality.

Application Process:

Students interested in undertaking an internship must submit a Global Health Internship Program Application. An updated application and full list of opportunities will be available in early January. Candidates may preference up to three internship sites during a single application cycle and are required to answer a short supplemental question for each site. Candidates are required to submit transcripts, a writing excerpt, and one to two letters recommendation at the time of application. All applications are due on February 17, 2017 at 5:00pm. 

Please direct questions about the program to Anne Sosin, Global Health Initiative Program Manager. 


Friday, February 17, 2017 - 5:00pm
Fund type: 
The John Sloan Dickey Center