Curtiss Swezy has worked as a public health program administrator in over 40 nations around the world. He has had residential assignments of two or more years in five of those countries: Laos, the Philippines, South Korea, Sudan, and Vietnam.
His management experience includes program design, field implementation, and evaluation. He has had particular success in initiating new international health programs, as well as trouble-shooting problems in ongoing field projects. He started USAID’s reproductive health program in the Philippines; assisted AED launch its AIDSCOM program; started the first reproductive health program in Romania after the fall of Ceausescu; and was the program director of the first US medical assistance project to the CIS after the breakup of the Soviet Union. In Sudan he was Chief of Party of a team that extended primary healthcare services out of the provincial capitals into the rural areas of Khordofan and Darfur. As the Country Representative of a US-based NGO in Vietnam, he expanded the program into 22 provinces of that country.
Working as a private consultant he was part of a team that evaluated USAID’s health and family planning program in Nepal, was the team leader of a fourperson evaluation team of USAID’s health and family planning program in Jamaica, and assisted the Ministry of Health, Nepal to respond to and clear a negative audit of their national family planning program. In the Caribbean, he was a health manpower consultant to CARICOM and the Peace Corps contracted with him to design the health program for US volunteers in Uzbekistan.
After two tours as a village level development worker in Laos he was selected by USAID for training in public health at the Carolina Population Center. Following his assignment as a USAID public health advisor in Korea, he returned to the US and accepted a US Public Health Service fellowship to obtain his DrPH at the University of Texas School of Public Health.
Currently, he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in global health at George Mason University where he regularly assists students with placements in internships and jobs at international health organizations.