Associate Professor

Healthcare Administration

Public Health Sciences

Daniel Swartzman
  • Daniel Swartzman, J.D., M.P.H., is on the faculty of the Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, Loyola University Chicago. For more than 40 years he has taught public policymaking, social justice and health management to graduate and undergraduate students in public health and healthcare administration. He is currently working on a book, the working title of which is Caring. He is a recipient of numerous awards for teaching, having been recognized by his students with the “Golden Apple” four times. In 2017, his former students helped to endow the “Daniel Swartzman Public Health Ethics Lectureship” at the UIC School of Public Health.

    • Northwestern University School of Law, J.D.                
    • University of Illinois at Chicago, Masters             
    • University of Washington, Bachelors           

    What prompted you to pursue your field?

    When I graduated from law school I wanted to pursue work that I could be proud of. I ended up doing public interest environmental law. When I came to academia, I found that I enjoyed teaching more than any other professional work.

    What's it like to teach at Parkinson?

    Teaching at Parkinson allows me to work with students at all stages in their learning, both undergrads and grad students. I work with excellent colleagues who are deeply committed to their teaching, while also being extraordinary researchers. Plus, we are all working together to build something new, which is quite exciting.

    What does your department's focus mean to you?

    Why should we pursue good public health policy? I believe it is because, at some deep level, we care about "the other." And when we see structural prejudice, we are called upon to act on behalf of "the other." This is a noble profession.

    Why is this area of study important at this point in time?

    We are seeing, in current events, the poor public policy decisions that result from the extreme individualism promoted in our country over the last 50 years. It is time to ground policy decisions on an ethic of caring, "what we can do for others," not "what it is it for me."

    What would you tell a student about why your field is exciting/important/the potential impact s/he could make?

    Most students come to public health and healthcare administration out of a desire to have a meaningful career. This is what work in our field offers, and I hope our students find inspiration in their work with us to continue pursuing that meaningfulness.

    What "called" you to/attracted you to Loyola?

    I am committed to public policy making that is based upon social justice. I also believe that such policies will be based on belief in non-material values, a morality based upon Transcendence. This is very consistent with the goals and values at Loyola.