Vietnam: Population Health and Development











Key Details:

Location: Hanoi, Vietnam

Audience: Undergraduate, Medical

Term: Summer 2018

Application deadline: February 16, 2018, 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. 

In Summer 2018, GHI Interns will work with PHAD on a new environmental health program focused on water pollution. 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;
  • Interest in environmental health;
  • 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 16, 2018 at 5:00pm. 

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


Friday, February 16, 2018 - 5:00pm
Fund type: 
The John Sloan Dickey Center