Department of Global Health and Population
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
"Ambition and love are the wings to great deeds. Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time."
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I seek out opportunities to utilize quantitative methods in order to better investigate the health disparities of the modern world. In order to effectively address modern health disparities, we must examine these problems with a multi-focal lens that merges the discoveries of Natural Sciences with input from the Social Sciences and Humanities as well. This intersection is where my interests lie.
In my current position I use mathematical models to examine the dynamics of tuberculosis in the United States. I also work with a group on the application of econometric methods to better estimate the causal relationship between ambient air pollution and health outcomes.
I completed a dual MSPH program in epidemiology and environmental health at Emory University as a NIOSH trainee. My primary area of interest was at the intersection of infectious respiratory disease and air pollution. To this end, I supplemented my courses at Emory with courses at Georgia Institute of Technology in the Earth and Atmospheric Science program. Prior to this training, I completed five bachelor degrees in the following fields: Mathematics, Microbiology, German Studies, History, and Religious Studies, at the University of Tennessee - Knoxville. I also developed a thesis in mathematics exploring the insufficiencies of the EPA AERMOD for surface mining, such as mountaintop removal. I also wrote a joint history-religious studies thesis which explored the development of the Institutum Judaicum in early modern Europe.
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Menzies, N.A., Swartwood, NA., Testa, C., Malyuta, Y., Hill, A.N., Marks, S.M., Cohen, T. and Salomon, J.A., 2021. Time Since Infection and Risks of Future Disease for Individuals with Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection in the United States. Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.), 32(1), p.70.
Menzies, NA, Bellerose, M, Testa, C, Swartwood, NA, Malyuta, Y, Cohen, T, Marks, SM, Hill, AN, Date, AA, Maloney, SA and Bowden, SE, 2020. Impact of Effective Global Tuberculosis Control on Health and Economic Outcomes in the United States. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, (ja).
Sheffield, SR, York, A, Swartwood, NA, Bilinski, A, Williamson, A and Fitzpatrick, MC, 2020. Strict Physical Distancing May Be More Efficient: A Mathematical Argument for Making Lockdowns Count. medRxiv.
Bilinski A, Birger R, Burn S, Chitwood M, Clarke-Deelder E, Copple T, Eaton J, Ehrlich H, Erlendsdottir M, Eshghi S, Farid M, Fitzpatrick M, Giardina J, Gonsalves G, Hsieh YL, Iloglu, Kao Y, MacKay E, Menzies N, Mulaney B, Paltiel D, Perniciaro S, Phillips M, Rich K, Salomon J, Sherak R, Shioda K, Swartwood N, Testa C, Thornhill T, White E, Williamson A, York A, Zhu J, and Zhu L., 2020. Defining high-value information for COVID-19 decision-making. medRxiv.
Swartwood NA, Testa C, Cohen T, Marks SM, Hill AN, Cochran J, Cranston K, Randall LM, Tibbs A, Salomon JA, Menzies NA. Modeling the Population Effects of Testing & Treating for Latent TB
in Clinically Recommended Populations. Poster presented at National TB Controllers Association meeting; October 2, 2020; Virtual.
Swartwood NA, Testa C, Cohen T, Marks SM, Hill AN, Cochran J, Cranston K, Randall LM, Tibbs A, Salomon JA, Menzies NA. MITUS (Modeling interventions for TB in the United States): a flexible framework for modelling TB epidemiology and policy efforts. Poster presented at National TB Controllers Association meeting; April 23-24, 2019; Atlanta, GA.
Testa C, Swartwood NA, Cohen T, Marks SM, Hill AN, Cochran J, Cranston K, Randall LM, Tibbs A, Salomon JA, Menzies NA. Tabby2: A user-friendly tool for comparing state-level B intervention options. Poster presented at National TB Controllers Association meeting; April 23-24, 2019; Atlanta, GA.
Swartwood NA. Water Pollution and Public Health: A Geochemical Study of ‘Ayn Gharandal. Oral presentation given at the American Schools of Oriental Research meeting; November 2015. Atlanta, GA.