Dr. Michael Schwandt is a Public Health Physician in Environmental Health Services at BCCDC. He is also a Clinical Assistant Professor in the UBC School of Population and Public Health.
Dr. Schwandt’s major research and practice areas include environmental public health and health equity. Recent research topics have explored links between urban form and health outcomes, with attention to active transportation and injury prevention. Dr. Schwandt enjoys working across disciplines and methodologies, and has been a principal investigator and co-investigator on several nationally and provincially funded projects, currently including the inter-provincial Multisectoral Urban Systems for Health and Equity in Canadian Cities
Dr. Schwandt completed a BSc at UBC and MD at the University of Manitoba, before carrying out specialist training in Public Health and Preventive Medicine at the University of Toronto. He also completed a residency in Family Medicine at Women's College Hospital in Toronto, as well as a Master of Public Health from Harvard University. He has previously worked as a Medical Health Officer with Fraser Health and Saskatoon Health Region, as well as with Non-Governmental Organizations in east and southern Africa. Dr. Schwandt is committed to addressing social determinants of health, and was a founding board member of Upstream: Institute for a Healthy Society
. Through public health programs and research, Dr. Schwandt works with partners including regional health authorities, municipal governments and community-based organizations to improve population health.