Dr. Toan Ha, MD, DrPH

Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology


2118 Public Health, 130 DeDoto Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
R-znvy: gbna.un@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-838-9021

Personal Statement

Dr.Ha's research focuses on HIV/AIDS, ART adherence and sexually risky behaviors among vulnerable populations including people living with HIV (PLHIV), men who have sex with men (MSM), young people and young migrants. Dr. Ha has been working on an intervention study assessing the impact of alcohol use on ART adherence among men living with HIV in India over the past 5 years with R01 funding support from NIAAA. Previously, he was working as a postdoc fellow at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Publlic Health focusing the research on social and behavioral aspects of HIV/AIDS and sexual concurrency among MSM and “Money Boys” in China.  Dr. Ha is currently PI on an R21 from NIMH that assesses HIV prevalence and multiple risk factors associated with HIV prevalence among young migrant female workers in the industrial zones in Vietnam.


Recently, Dr. Ha engages in conducting research on COVID-19 addressing issues related to public knowledge, preventive behaviors and health wokers' experience on COVID-19 exposure.  


Dr. Ha also works as a public health physician in the MidAtlantic AIDS Education & Training Center (MAAETC) which provides HIV/AIDS education, consultation, technical assistance and resource materials to health care professionals throughout Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia. 


Dr. Ha also possesses extensive experience in international health and public health practice, program implementation, policy advocacy and promoting international partnership. He previously worked at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the United National Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Vietnam. He has been working in the area of sexual and reproductive health and HIV/STIs for the past 15 years as a researcher, program manager, and policy advocate in the U.S., India, China and Vietnam


1991-1997 | Tay Nguyen University, Vietnam | Doctor of Medicine

1999-2000 | Copenhagen University | Master of International Health

2004-2008 | The University of Texas at Houston | Doctor of Public Health         

2009-2010 | Virginia Commonwealth University |Postdoc Fellow                                                   

2015-2018 | University of Connecticut | Postdoc Fellow


IDM 2034, Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS

Previrously taught: 

International Health 

Global Health Promotion and Intervention

Selected Publications

Gualberto Ruaño, Toan Ha*. Living with respiratory viruses: The next saga in human/viral coexistence?. Bioessays. 2021 Jan 6:e2000321. doi: 10.1002/bies.202000321.


PREPRINTToan Ha, Gualberto Ruano, Judy Lewis. Comparison of epidemiological characteristics of COVID-19 patients in Vietnam.Preprint: medRxiv, 2020 https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.06.03.20121467v2.


Toan Ha, Stephen Schensul. Data on early assessment of knowledge, attitudes, and behavioral responses to COVID-19 among Connecticut residents. 2020, Data in brief33, 106347. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dib.2020.106347


Toan Ha, Stephen Schensul, Gualberto Ruaño, Anh Ngo. Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Vietnam: A Model of Early and Decisive Containment. Asian Journal of Research in Infectious Diseases. 2020.  4(1), 24-27.DOI: 10.9734/AJRID/2020/v4i130138


Roopal J Singh, Avina Sarna, Jay Schensul, Bidhubhushan Mahapatra, Toan Ha, Steve Schensul. Stigma reduction in a cohort of HIV positive males receiving ART who consume alcohol: Findings from a Randomized Control Trial in India. AIDS. 2020. 34: 83-92. DOI:10.1097/QAD.0000000000002604


Avina Sarna, Roopal J Singh, Jay Schensul, Bidhubhushan Mahapatra, Toan Ha, Steve Schensul. Viral load outcomes in a cohort of alcohol consuming PLHIV receiving ART in Mumbai, India. International Journal of STD & AIDS. 2020. 31 (8): 765-772. DOI: 10.1177/0956462420921731


Toan Ha, Stephen Schensul, Mitchell Irving, Marie Brault, Jean Schensul, Priti Prabhughate and Melita Vaz. Depression among alcohol consuming, HIV positive men on ART treatment in India. AIDS Behav. 2019. 23(6):1623-1633. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2339-3.


Jean Schensul, Toan Ha, Stephen Schensul, Avina Sarna. Identifying the intersection of alcohol, adherence and sex in HIV positive men on ART treatment in India using an Adapted Timeline Followback procedure. AIDS Behav. 2017 Nov;21(Sup 2):228-242. doi:10.1007/s10461-017-1916-1.


Stephen Schensul, Toan Ha, Jean Schensul, Melita Vaz, Rajendra Singh, Joseph Burleson, Kendall Bryant. Alcohol Use and its Impact on ART Treatment in Urban India. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. 2017. 78(5), 716–724


Anh D Ngo, Toan Ha, Rule J, Chinh V Dang. Peer-based Education and the Integration of HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for Young People in Vietnam: Evidence from a Project Evaluation. Plus One. 2013. 8(11):e80951 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0080951.


Toan Ha, Hongjie Liu, Jian Li, Jennifer Nield, Zhouping Lu. Psychometric assessment of scales measuring HIV public stigma, drug-use public stigma and fear of HIV infection among young adolescents and their parents. AIDS Care, 2012,1: 39-45.


Toan Ha, Hongjie Liu, Hui Liu, Yumao Cai, Tiejian Feng. Concurrent sexual partnership among men who has sex with men in Shenzhen, China. Sexually Transmitted Disease, 2010, 37:1-6.


Jianhua Li, Toan H Ha, Cunmin Zhang, Hongjie Liu. The Chinese government response to drug use and HIV: A review of policies and programs. Journal of Harm Reduction. 2010, 7:4. doi:10.1186/1477-7517-7-4

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