Brian Schwartz

Fellow, Health & Peak Oil


Brian Schwartz is a Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he is also currently Co-Director of the Program on Global Sustainability and Health and of the Environmental Health Institute. He has conducted extensive research on the health effects of chemicals via occupational, environmental, and molecular epidemiology studies. Brian's career has included research, teaching, and training, as well as clinical and public health practice.

In the past several years, Brian has increasingly focused on global environmental sustainability, and how land use and energy use are contributing to global climate change, ecosystem degradation, biodiversity and species losses — ultimately posing important risks to individual and population health. He is engaged in ongoing studies on land use and obesity; local food and physical activity environments and the progression of diabetes; abandoned mine lands and community health; and evaluating the public health risks posed by peak oil. Brian received a B.S. from Tufts University, an M.D. from Northwestern University Medical School, and an M.S. in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.


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Population Pressures and the Health of the Chesapeake Bay: Can the Relationship Sustain?

length: 41:53   credit: John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health   Oct 19, 2010


Brian Schwartz presenting at the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for a Livable Future population summit 2010.

Latest Publications

Public Health and Medicine in an Age of Energy Scarcity

Brian Schwartz    Aug 09, 2011   

Cindy Parker and I, the Post Carbon Institute’s two Health Fellows, have partnered as co-editors with Jeremy Hess at Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control, and Howard Frumkin, Dean of the University of … >>

Q & A: Peak Oil and Public Health

Brian Schwartz    Dec 30, 2008   

Teaser:  Fellow Brian Schwartz talks about the public health implications of peak oil production. The interview excerpted here was published in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health news center. Question: … >>

REPORT: Natural Gas Report Supplements: Public Health, Agriculture, Transportation

Brian Schwartz    Jun 01, 2011   

The challenges posed by shale gas production have serious implications for the future of agriculture, transportation, and health in the United States. In this collection of articles, PCI Fellows explore what the Hughes … >>

The Post Carbon Reader

Brian Schwartz

How do population, water, energy, food, and climate issues impact one another? What can we do to address one problem without making the others worse? The Post Carbon Reader features essays by some of the world’s most … >>

press coverage

Schwartz in Nature Journal on fracking health study

Brian Schwartz  

Post Carbon Fellow Brian Schwartz's involvement in plans for a study around the health effects of fracking in the US was reported in Nature Journal. From the article: Brian Schwartz, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins … >>