John Oswald

Contributing Faculty
College of Health Professions
School of Health Sciences
Ph.D. Public Health

Dr. Oswald is currently Contributing Faculty at Walden University and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Division of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Dr. Oswald’s primary focus is on an affiliation between the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and the National School of Public Health of Cuba in Havana. The initial priority of this affiliation has been in Maternal and Child Health in the areas of maternal mortality and infant mortality in Cuba and the United States. Other priorities in this affiliation between the two schools are anticipated to be vector-borne communicable diseases, community pharmacy programs and aging issues related to life expectancy in the two countries. Previously while living in Washington DC, Dr. Oswald was working on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Office of Policy at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and then subsequently as Assistant Vice President at the National Association of Public Hospitals. Prior to these positions, he worked for 25 years in Minnesota at a leading managed care organization and then as the Director of the Center for Health Statistics at the Minnesota Department of Health. Dr. Oswald obtained a Ph.D. in Health Services Research at the University of Minnesota in 1999 and a Masters of Public Health from the University of Minnesota in 1984. He has published extensively on public health, global health and health reform,

Courses Taught

HLTH 8050 - Global Health and Disease Prevention

HLTH 8201 - Principles of Population Health

Public Service

Minnesota Pulic Health Assoc., Global Health Cmte., Chair - Minneapolis


Oswald, J. W. Maternal Mortality in the US and Cuba. MEDICC Journal


Oswald, J. W. (2017). Opportunities for Public Health Research in the US and Cuba. Cuban National School of Public Health

Oswald, J. W. (2018). Best Practices of Collaboration Between US and Cuban Schools of Public Health. National School of Public Health, Cuba