John Swartzberg MD, FACP

Clinical Professor Emeritus
Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology

  • Faculty UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program
  • Editorial Board Chair UC Berkeley Health and Wellness Publications

John Swartzberg is a faculty member of IDV and the JMP. He chairs the editorial board that produces the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter and UC Berkeley’s Health After 50 Newsletter as well as annual health reports on 18 clinical topics.

John Swartzberg, MD, is a clinical professor emeritus at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, chairs the editorial board of the School of Public Health’s Health & Wellness Publications. He is a past director of the UC Berkeley–UCSF Joint Medical Program and continues to teach in that program. For two years he was President of UC Berkeley’s Emeriti Association

Swartzberg is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. Before joining UC Berkeley’s faculty part time since 1980 and full time since 2001, he spent 30 years in clinical practice. He is also the hospital epidemiologist and chair of the infection control committee at the Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley.

He teaches an online course and a two-semester course on Principles of Infectious Diseases and a seminar on Healthcare Associated Infections

He has collaborated with the late Sheldon Margen, a pioneer in nutritional sciences and co-founder of the Wellness Letter, on the highly successful Wellness Self-Care Handbook in 1998 and the Complete Home Wellness Handbook in 2001

  •  Fellowship – Infectious Diseases, Stanford University, 1975
  •  Internal Medicine Residency – University of Colorado, 1973
  • MD – UCLA, 1970
  • BA – UC Berkeley, 1966
  • Healthcare Associated Infections
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Journalism and Public Health

HMS 202 D/E: Clinical Skills
PH 260 A: Principles of Infectious Diseases (with Lee Riley)
PH 260 B: Principles of Infectious Diseases
PHW260: Principles of Infectious Diseases
PH 266C: Healthcare Associated Infections