Victoria B. Chou holds a MS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore and a PhD in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her previous research experience ranged from basic science to clinical investigation before expanding to include global health issues in developing countries.
Her dissertation work included a costing sub-study conducted at an international HIV/AIDS research site in addition to a large population-based maternal and child health study of 4,500 participants in rural Nepal. The “Study of Maternal Age and Subsequent Health (SMASH)” project was a community-based follow-up study to evaluate the influence of young maternal age with collaborating partners that included the US-Nepal Fulbright Commission, Johns Hopkins faculty, and NNIPS as a local grassroots health organization. Comparing maternal morbidity, child survival and anthropometric indices across different maternal age groups, the outcomes of interest included risk of prolonged labor, child mortality, and maternal and child undernutrition in this resource-poor setting. With broad training in infectious disease epidemiology, vaccine science and policy, and maternal and child health, Victoria has lived and worked in Uganda, Nepal, and the Federated States of Micronesia.