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Victoria B. Chou, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E5518
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2011
MS, University of Maryland, Baltimore, 2000


Victoria B. Chou is a faculty member in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She collaborates with diverse partner organizations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, and jhpiego to conduct analyses using the Lives Saved Tool (LiST) and has provided advanced training and on-going technical assistance for the application of the evidence-based tool to users from governmental agencies, sponsored programs, and international NGOs. Her previous work focused on capacity-building and estimating the impact of child survival and family planning interventions in USAID's maternal and child health (MCH) priority countries.

With extensive experience in basic science, clinical research, and global health, her academic training includes a MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a PhD in International Health. Her dissertation research, conducted as a Fulbright fellow from 2008-2009, included a large population-based follow-up study of 4,500 mother-child pairs in rural Nepal to examine the impact of young maternal age on maternal and child health outcomes.

Honors and Awards

Council of Women World Leaders Public Health Fellow – National Government of Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Department of Health and Social Affairs

Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) Nominee – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Wendy Klag Memorial Fund Scholar – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Fulbright U.S. Student Grant – J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board

SREB-State Doctoral Dissertation Scholar – Doctoral Scholars Program of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

New Investigator in Global Health (NIGH) Award – Global Health Council

Global Field Experience Fund Award – Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

  • Maternal, neonatal, and child health
  • Program and impact evaluation
  • The Lives Saved Tool (LiST)

Selected publications from the last 5 years:

  • Chou VB, Bubb-Humfryes O, Sanders R, et al Pushing the envelope through the Global Financing Facility: potential impact of mobilising additional support to scale-up life-saving interventions for women, children and adolescents in 50 high-burden countries BMJ Global Health 2018;3:e001126.
  • Linking household and health facility surveys to assess obstetric service availability, readiness and coverage: evidence from 17 low- and middle-income countries. Kanyangarara M, Chou VB, Creanga AA, Walker N. J Glob Health. 2018 Jun;8(1):010603. doi: 10.7189/jogh.08.010603. PMID: 29862026
  • Expanding the population coverage of evidence-based interventions with community health workers to save the lives of mothers and children: an analysis of potential global impact using the Lives Saved Tool (LiST). Chou VB, Friberg IK, Christian M, Walker N, Perry HB. J Glob Health. 2017 Dec;7(2):020401. doi: 10.7189/jogh.07.020401. PMID: 28959436
  • Modelling stillbirth mortality reduction with the Lives Saved Tool. Blencowe H, Chou VB, Lawn JE, Bhutta ZA. BMC Public Health. 2017 Nov 7;17(Suppl 4):784. doi: 10.1186/s12889-017-4742-5. PMID: 29143647
  • Can available interventions end preventable deaths in mothers, newborn babies, and stillbirths, and at what cost? Bhutta ZA, Das JK, Bahl R, Lawn JE, Salam RA, Paul VK, Sankar MJ, Blencowe H, Rizvi A, Chou VB, Walker N; Lancet Newborn Interventions Review Group; Lancet Every Newborn Study Group. Lancet. 2014 Jul 26;384(9940):347-70. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60792-3. Epub 2014 May 19. Review. Erratum in: Lancet. 2014 Jul 26;384(9940):308. Sankar, Jeeva M [corrected to Sankar, M Jeeva]. PMID: 24853604