Distinguished Alumni Awards

W. W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award
David McSwane - 2006

Dr. McSwane is a Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. His teaching and research interests focus on environmental factors that cause human illness and injury. He teaches courses in environmental health, food science and sanitation, epidemiology, environmental health policy, and environmental science. His research is of an applied nature and involves such diverse issues as food safety, drinking water safety, cancer prevention and control, asbestos abatement and the health effects of homelessness.

Dr. McSwane has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of environmental health, food protection, and public health. He is co-author of Essentials of Food Safety and Sanitation and the SuperSafeMark Retail Best Practices and Guide to Food Safety and Sanitation training series. These textbooks and their supplemental training materials are rapidly becoming the preferred tools for training retail food establishment managers about food safety and sanitation. Dr. McSwane also created a drinking water handbook for public officials that explains the fundamentals of water treatment and distribution and emphasizes the importance of proper operation, maintenance and administration of public drinking water systems. This publication has been widely disseminated by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Prior to joining the faculty at Indiana University, Dr. McSwane was a Sanitarian and Administrator at the Monroe County Health Department in Bloomington, Indiana. As Administrator, Dr. McSwane was responsible for managing the environmental health, community health education, and vital records programs provided by the agency. His primary area of responsibility as a Sanitarian was retail food safety where he conducted inspections, taught training sessions, and reviewed plans and specifications for new and extensively remodeled facilities.

Since joining the Public Health profession in 1970, Dr. McSwane has served as President of the Indiana Environmental Health Association and the Indiana Public Health Association. He is Past-Chairman of the Board of the Indiana Division of the American Cancer Society. Dr. McSwane is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist, a Certified Food Safety Professional, and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Sanitarians. He conducts food safety training programs throughout the United States and serves as a public health consultant to numerous organizations within the retail food industry in the U.S. and throughout the world.

Dr. McSwane's professional achievements have been recognized through such distinguished honors as the Walter S. Mangold award presented by the National Environmental Health Association, the W. George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service presented by Indiana University, the Tony and Mary Hulman George Achievement Award in the field of environmental health presented by the Indiana Public Health Foundation, and the American Cancer Society's St. George Medal for distinguished service in cancer control.

Dr. McSwane holds a master’s in public health and doctorate in health and safety education from Indiana University. He also holds an A.B. from Wabash College.