Andrea Swartzendruber

Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Epidemiology & Biostatistics


PhD, Women’s, Reproductive, and Perinatal Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010

MPH, Global Health, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, 1999

BA, Biology, Goshen College, 1994

Areas of Expertise
  • sexual and reproductive health
  • adolescent health
  • maternal and child health
  • women’s health policy

ASTDA, American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association
CFAR, Center for AIDS Research
SAHM, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine

Course Instruction

The same two words motivate both Dr. Swartzendruber’s research endeavors and teaching philosophy: But why? Her aim is for students to continually strive to identify the root causes of health and disease, question the status quo, and push for deeper answers. Four primary objectives influence Dr. Swartzendruber’s instructional style: 1) she strives to engage students by establishing a collaborative learning environment, 2) she encourages and demonstrates application of epidemiologic principles to address real world issues, 3) she seeks to develop student’s critical thinking, writing and communication skills, and 4) she believes in the importance of individual mentorship to promote student’s academic and professional development.

Courses taught:

  • Fundamentals of Epidemiology
  • Intermediate Biostatistics
Research Interests

Dr. Swartzendruber’s research focuses on women’s sexual and reproductive health and maternal and child health. Her research interests reflect a comprehensive view of health and wellbeing, spanning individual and social determinants of health, service delivery, and health policy. In line with a life course perspective, much of Dr. Swartzendruber’s research focuses on health behavior, health services, and outcomes during critical periods and life transitions, particularly adolescence and young adulthood, pregnancy, and parenting.

Her research areas include:

  • sexually transmitted infections
  • HIV
  • women’s sexual and reproductive health services
  • adolescents and young adults
  • family planning
  • substance use
  • health disparities
Selected Publications

Steiner RJ, Liddon N, Swartzendruber A, Rasberry CN, Sales J. Long-acting reversible contraception and condom use among female U.S. high school students: Implications for maximizing pregnancy and STI/HIV prevention. JAMA Pediatrics. 2016;170(5):428-34.

Swartzendruber A, Sales JM, Brown JL, DiClemente RJ, Rose E. Comparison of substance use typologies as predictors of sexual risk in African American adolescent females. Arch Sex Behav. 2016;45(1):63-72.

Swartzendruber A, Sales JM, Rose ES, DiClemente RJ. Alcohol use problems and sexual risk among young adult African American mothers. AIDS Behav. 2016;20 Suppl 1:74-83.

Swartzendruber A, Murray SH, Sales JM, Milhausen RR, Sanders SA, Graham CA, DiClemente RJ, Wingood GM. Sexual arousability and partner communication mediators of condom use among African American female adolescents. Sex Health.2015;12(4):322-7.

Swartzendruber A, Steiner RJ, Adler MR, Kamb ML, Newman LM. Introduction of rapid syphilis testing in antenatal care: A systematic review of the impact on HIV and syphilis testing. Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2015;130 Suppl 1:S15-21.

Swartzendruber A, Sales JM, DiClemente RJ, Brown JL, Rose ES. Correlates of incident Trichomonas vaginalis infections over 18 months of follow-up among African American female adolescents. Sex Transm Dis. 2014;41(4):240-5.

Swartzendruber A, Zenilman JM, Niccolai LM, Kershaw TS, DiClemente RJ, Brown JL, Sales JM. It takes 2: Partner attributes associated with sexually transmitted infections among adolescents. Sex Transm Dis. 2013;40(5):372-8.

Swartzendruber A, Niccolai LM, Jennings JM, Zenilman JM, Arnold A, Magriples U, Kershaw TS. Perceptions about sexual concurrency and factors related to inaccurate perceptions among pregnant adolescents and their partners. Sex Transm Dis. 2012;39(8):577-82.

Swartzendruber A and Zenilman JM. A National strategy to improve sexual health. JAMA. 2010;304(9):1005-1006.

Recent Press

Radio Interviews:

Gwinnett County Sex Education,” A Closer Look with Rose Scott, WABE Atlanta 90.1 FM  (February 22, 2018). The interview starts at 31:00.


“Opinion: Sex education should not spread shame and stigma,” – Get Schooled Blog, Atlanta Journal Constitution (August 8, 2017).