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Dr. Michael Sweat

Dr. Michael SweatMichael D. Sweat, Ph.D.

Director of MUSC's Family Service Research Center,
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Director of MUSC's Center for Global Initiatives

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Trained initially as a sociologist, Michael Sweat, Ph.D., knows what really drives health and behavior is people’s environment. That’s what brought Sweat to MUSC’s Family Services Research Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The social-ecological focus of MUSC’s Family Services Research Center makes it a world leader in this work.

 He feels his work at the center and his research globally converge in a perfect mix. Sweat earned his doctorate in medical sociology from Emory University in 1992 and soon after joined the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a research scientist working on HIV prevention and epidemiology research.

Serving on the faculty of the Department of International Health, School of Hygiene and Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University from 1995 to 2007, he then came to MUSC where he currently directs the Family Service Research Center.  Sweat has been a member of numerous international working groups researching HIV prevention and intervention and as principal investigator has received continuous funding for his research on global health.

His work is largely focused on HIV prevention interventions in developing country settings, with special emphasis on testing the efficacy of socio-ecological interventions, systematic review and meta-analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis and mathematical modeling of epidemic processes.

“I’m very much into HIV prevention and care,” he said. “Other areas I’m very interested in are ecological interventions, which are multi-level interventions, and I do a lot of work around mathematical modeling and cost effectiveness as well.”

He’s also excited to be directing the efforts of the Center for Global Initiatives, which means he’s coordinating the nearly 40 international agreements MUSC has with 22 countries involving more than 200 faculty members, and more than 200 international students and post-doctoral researchers on the university’s campus. Sweat said he sees MUSC’s global opportunities poised to take off in the next decade.

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