Justin Swearingen, D.P.H.

MA in Health & Human Services Program - Adjunct Assistant Professor


Dr. Justin Swearingen teaches Health Systems Management in the Master of Health and Humans Services Administration program at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed articles in the field of hospital administration and public health. He attended Duquesne University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania before receiving a Master's in Health Administration (MHA) from the University of Memphis in Tennessee. He subsequently completed a post-graduate administrative fellowship at Stony Brook University Medical Center in New York before working in various administrative and consulting positions with multiple health systems in the New York City region. Justin was then accepted into the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program at the City University of New York (CUNY) where he graduated with a specialization in Health Policy and Management. Justin then relocated to Minneapolis where he currently directs system-wide population health improvement for both cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery at Fairview Health Services.

  • Areas of Expertise

    Hospital administration, Health Systems Management, Public Health, Hospitals, Healthcare

  • Scholarly & Creative Interests


    • Mallas-Serdynski L., Cook M., Swearingen J. CMS Readmission Reduction Program Leads Improvement Trends in Midwest Get With The Guidelines Target: Heart Failure Measure Adherence. Poster presented at the 2017 National American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, Anaheim, CA.
    • Romero D, Kwan A, Swearingen J, Nestler S, & Cohen N. Impact of the Closure of a Large Urban Medical Center: A Qualitative Assessment. Journal of Community Health. 2012 Oct;37(5):982-94.
    • Marshall B. & Swearingen J., Complexities in Transplant Revenue Management. Progress in Transplantation. 2007 Jun; 17(2):94-98.
    • Swearingen, J. Utilization of Staff Time Studies to Maximize Medicare Cost Reporting. Poster presented at the 2006 American Transplant Congress, Boston, MA.


    • Symposium: “Lessons from Get with the Guidelines- Heart Failure,” American Heart Association Heart Failure Summit. Minneapolis, MN. April 2017
    • Webinar: “Complexities of Data Management,” American Heart Association National Webinar- February 2017
    • Symposium: “How Data Drives Quality, Safety and Innovations,” 9th Annual Bakken Symposium, University of Minnesota Department of Surgery. November 2016
    • Symposium: “Engaging Physicians as Partners,” American Heart Association Heart Failure Summit. Minneapolis, MN. Sept. 2015 • Seminar: “Health Reform: The Ten Changes Everyone Should Know About the Affordable Care Act,” Minnesota Project Management Institute. Minneapolis, MN. March 

    2013 AWARDS:

    • Quality Systems Impact Award (2017)- American Heart Association
    • Most Outstanding Student Award (2007)- University of Memphis, Master of Health Administration (MHA) Program
    • Interdisciplinary Professional Education Scholarship Award (2007)- Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
  • Courses Taught Recently at Saint Mary's
    • Health Systems Management
    • Healthcare Law & Ethics
  • Professional Organizations

    American College of Healthcare Executives: 2006 to Present

  • Education

    City University of New York (CUNY)- School of Public Health: September 2017
    Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) - Health Policy & Management Concentration

    University of Memphis: May 2007
    Master of Health Administration (MHA)

    Duquesne University: May 2003
    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

    University of London, Queen Mary, United Kingdom: Spring 2002
    Study abroad program with focus on International Business

  • Experience

    Fairview Health Services
    November 2012 – Present
    Minneapolis, MN
    Director, Quality and Regulatory Outcomes- Cardiovascular (CV) Service Line

    Health Care Consulting
    July 2010 – October 2012
    New York/ Minneapolis