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Dr. Michael Schwandt Faculty, Community Health and Epidemiology

Research Areas

  • Population health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Public health practice
  • Healthy environments, cities and urban design
  • Healthy public policy
  • Global health

About Dr. Michael Schwandt


  • Assistant Professor, Community Health and Epidemiology
  • Deputy Medical Health Officer, Population and Public Health, Saskatoon Health Region


  • BSc Psychology (University of British Columbia)
  • MD (University of Manitoba)
  • CCFP (Family Medicine), FRCPC (Public Health and Preventive Medicine: University of Toronto)
  • MPH (Harvard School of Public Health)

About Dr. Michael Schwandt

Michael Schwandt is a public health physician and researcher with an interest in social and environmental determinants of health. After completing his medical doctorate at the University of Manitoba, he carried out specialist training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Toronto, receiving certification as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. He also completed a residency in Family Medicine at Women's College Hospital in Toronto, focusing on clinical practice and research in sexual and reproductive health, as well as a Master of Public Health from Harvard University.

Dr. Schwandt has studied and worked internationally with NGOs including Dignitas International in Malawi and Clinton Health Access Initiative in Rwanda, as well as consulting with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and conducting research in Kenya in partnership with the University of Nairobi. Within Saskatoon Health Region, he provides physician leadership to environmental public health programs, as well as working with community-based organizations, non-governmental agencies and government partners to study and promote healthy environments.

Dr. Schwandt currently holds research funding to study social determinants of health among migrant workers and impacts of air pollutants on health services utilization. He is unable to accept new graduate students for supervision in the 2017-18 academic year but is pleased to discuss future research possibilities with prospective future applicants (particularly regarding health effects of urban design and health-affecting conditions experienced by newcomers to Canada).


2016    Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation Excellence Award: Top Collaborative Innovation Development Grant, Health Services and Population Health Research.

2011    C.P. Shah Award for Excellence in Public Health Field Research: University of Toronto Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency Program.

Funded Research (Principal Investigator)

  • A community-based research approach to support HIV-positive patients accessing health care. Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation: Collaborative Innovation Development Program (2016-2018).
  • Social determinants of health among migrant workers in Saskatchewan (“Health Wanted” project). Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation: Collaborative Innovation Development Program (2016-2017).
  • Impacts of wildfire smoke on health service utilization during a major forest fire event. University of Saskatchewan: College of Medicine Research Awards (2016-2017).
  • Community needs assessment and gap analysis for the efficacious treatment and support of people living with HIV in Saskatoon: A qualitative evaluation. Saskatoon Health Region: Community Grants Program (2014-2015).
  • Evaluating health equity impacts of a population-based HIV testing intervention. University of Saskatchewan: College of Medicine and Office of the Vice Provost, Faculty (2014-2016).

Funded Research (Co-Investigator)

  • Multisectoral Urban Systems for Health and Equity in Canadian Cities (MUSE). CIHR Operating Grant: Institute of Population of Public Health (2016-2021).
  • Community-based education intervention to improve knowledge of One Health drivers of malnutrition in Amazonian communities in Peru. University of Saskatchewan: OneHealth Research Development Grant Program (2016-2017).
  • Building research capacity through community assessment and engagement with the Saskatoon Indian and Metis Friendship Centre. CIHR Catalyst Grant: HIV/AIDS Community Based Research Program - Aboriginal Stream (2015-2016).
  • The impact of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination on adolescent health outcomes: The Ontario Grade 8 HPV vaccine cohort study. CIHR Operating Grant: Institute of Human Development, Child and Youth Health (2013-2016).

Selected Publications

  • Orisatoki R, Quail J, Osman M, Teare G, Schwandt M, Neudorf C. Concurrent Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders among Frequent Emergency Department Users in Saskatchewan, Canada. Canadian Journal of Addiction. 2017; 8(1): 11-17.
  • Hasselback J, Fuller D, Schwandt M. Choosing tools for building healthy spaces: a global overview. Cities & Health. 2017: 1-7.
  • Minichiello A, Swab M, Chongo M, Marshall Z, Gahagan J, Maybank A, Hot A, Schwandt M, Gaudry S, Hurley O, Asghari S. HIV Point-of-Care Testing in Canadian Settings: A Scoping Review. Front Public Health. 2017 Apr 18; 5: 76.
  • Medu O, Turner H, Cushon JA, Melis D, Rea L, Abdellatif T, Neudorf CO, Schwandt M. Restaurant inspection frequency: The RestoFreq Study. Can J Public Health. 2017; 107(6): e533-e537.
  • Schurer JM, Rafferty E, Schwandt M, Zeng W, Farag M, Jenkins EJ. Toxoplasmosis and Toxocariasis: An Assessment of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Comorbidity and Health-Care Costs in Canada. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2016; 95(1): 168-74.
  • Le TT, Nguyen QC, Tran HT, Schwandt M, Lim HJ. Correlates of HIV infection among street-based and venue-based sex workers in Vietnam. Int J STD AIDS. 2016; 27(12): 1093-1103.
  • Smith LM, Strumpf EC, Kaufman JS, Lofters A, Schwandt M, Lévesque LE. The early benefits of human papillomavirus vaccination on cervical dysplasia and anogenital warts. Pediatrics. 2015; 135(5): e1131-40.
  • Orkin A, Lay M, McLaughlin J, Schwandt M, Cole D. Medical Repatriation of Migrant Farm Workers in Ontario: Coding and Descriptive Analysis. CMAJ Open 2014; 2(3): E192-8.
  • Kouyoumdjian FG, Orkin A, Dooling K, Schwandt M. Screening for HCV [Letter]. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2014; 186(4): 294.
  • Kouyoumdjian FG, Findlay N, Schwandt M, Calzavara LM. A systematic review of the relationships between intimate partner violence and HIV/AIDS. PLoS One 2013; 8(11): e81044.
  • Orkin AM, Rajaram N, Schwandt M. Aboriginal populations and youth suicide [Letter]. CMAJ 2013; 185(15): 1347.
  • Schwandt M, Nicolle E, Dunn S. Preferences for Rapid Point-of-Care HIV Testing in Primary Care. Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care 2012; 11(3): 157-63.
  • Ivers N, Schwandt M, Hum S, Martin D, Tinmouth J, Pimlott N. A comparison of hospital and nonhospital colonoscopy: Wait times, fees and guideline adherence to follow-up interval. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology 2011; 25(2): 78-82.
  • Schwandt M. Consumed by Circumstances [Book Review]. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2007; 176(3): 352-53.
  • Schwandt M, Morris C, Ferguson A, Ngugi E, Moses S. Anal and dry sex in commercial sex work, and relation to sexually transmitted infections and HIV in Meru, Kenya. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2006; 82(5): 392-96.