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Steven M Seweryn, EdD, MPH

Clinical Assistant Professor

Associate Director, DrPH in Leadership Program

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Pronouns: He/Him/His


Building & Room:



1603 W. Taylor St.

Office Phone:

(708) 699-3912


Dr. Seweryn (severin) is a clinical assistant professor in the epidemiology and biostatistics division and is core faculty in the DrPH program. He currently serves as the associate director of the DrPH program. His teaching includes courses in applied quantitative research methods, applied biostatistics for leadership practice and courses in dissertation research readiness, as well. Dr. Seweryn began teaching at SPH in the fall of 2012 His research interests are in the areas of public health epidemiology, surveillance, quality improvement, performance management and workforce development.

Dr. Seweryn has 30 years of experience in local and state public health practice. Until December 2016, he served as the deputy director of public health programs at Cook County Department of Public Health, overseeing community epidemiology, health planning, chronic disease prevention, health promotion and lead poisoning prevention. He has extensive experience in communicable disease control, public health surveillance and community health assessment and planning.

Selected Publications

Kovach, K. A., Welter, C. R., Seweryn, S. M., Torres, G. (2019). Barriers and Facilitators to Collaboration between Local Health Departments and Schools and Programs of Public Health – A Mixed-Methods Study. Collaborations: A Journal of Community-based Research and Practice, 2(1), 14. DOI: 10.33596/coll.38

Kovach, K. A., Welter, C., Seweryn, S. M., Torres, G. (2018). Perceived Benefits of Collaboration between Local Health Departments and Schools and Programs of Public Health: A Mixed-Methods Study. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 25(2), 147-155. DOI: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000823

Reynen D.J., Welter C.R., Lenihan D.P., Pinsker E.C., Seweryn S.M., George M.G. (2017). Qualitative Evaluation of a State Stroke Registry. Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, Vol. 10, Issue Suppl. 3, A101.

Lampinen, T., Joo, E., Seweryn, S., Hershow, R., Weibel, W.: “HIV seropositivity in community-recruited and drug treatment samples of injecting drug users”; AIDS 1992, 6:123-126.


2011 EdD. Higher Education and Organizational Change, Benedictine University, Lisle, IL
1986 MPH. Epidemiology and Biostatisitcs, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, Chicago, IL
1982 BS. Biology, Cum Laude . Illinois Benedictine College, Lisle, IL

Professional Memberships

American Public Health Association

American Evaluation Association

Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists

Illinois Public Health Association


Selected Presentations

Seweryn, S., Welter, C., Jarpe-Ratner, E., Bonney, T. A (2019, November) Qualitative Environmental Scan to Support User-Centered Evaluation Design of Framework for Community Health Planning. Co-Presenter. American Evaluation Association Conference, Minneapolis, MN

Seweryn, S., Jarpe-Ratner, E. Welter, C., Bonney, T. (2019, November). Evaluation of NACCHOs Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Framework. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Welter, C., Seweryn. S. (2013, December). Performance Management and Quality Improvement. Presentation at the MidAmerica Center for Public Health Practice Management Academy, Chicago, IL.

Gilmet, K., Massuda Barnett, G., Seweryn, S., Welter, C., Dombrowski, R.D., Welch, S.B., Kwon, S., Epplin, W., Asada, Y., Kapadia, D., Fagen, M.C., Mason, M.(2013)  Evaluating Community-Driven Initiatives Focused on Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change: Lessons Learned from Building Model Communities in Suburban Cook County, Illinois. American Public Health Association Conference. Boston, MA.

Webb, V., Seweryn, S., Bloyd, J, Welter, C, Murray, L., Martell, S. (2012) Implementing Community Health Plans: The Real Story in Local Health Departments. American Public Health Association Conference,  San Francisco, CA.

Welter, C., Seweryn, S., Webb, V., Bloyd, J. (2011). Vision with Action: A design to move beyond the community health improvement planning process toward implementation with a sustainable, quality improvement-oriented focus. American Public Health Association Conference. Washington, D.C.

Seweryn, S., Welter, C., Martell, S., Murray, L. (2010, July). Back to the Future: Implementing A School Based Vaccination Initiative in Response to the H1N1Pandemic. Illinois Immunization and Communicable Disease Conference and Illinois Public Health Nursing Summit. Springfield, IL.

Seweryn, S. (2012, December) Continuous Quality Improvement. Oral presentation as part of a workshop at University of Illinois, Chicago, Mid America Center for Public Health Practice.

Seweryn, S. (2012, August) Implementing a Quality Improvement Methodology in a Local Health Dept Program. Oral presentation at the University of Illinois, Chicago, DrPH Summer Institute, Chicago, IL

Seweryn, S. (2011, October). Keeping the end in mind: Using MAPP as a tool rather than the rule for planning. Oral presentation at the American Public Health Association Conference, Washington, DC.

Seweryn, S. (2006, June) Health Status in the Southland. Oral presentation at the Southland Health Conference, South Holland, IL.

Seweryn, S. (2006, November). Cook County WNV Tracker A secure ArcIMS application for viewing West Nile Virus surveillance data for Cook County, Illinois. Oral presentation at the Illinois Mosquito and Vector Control Association Conference, Bloomington, IL.

Bloyd, J., Carter, B., Marshall, J. Bormann, E., Seweryn, S. (October, 2005). Community/health department partnership to assess children’s access to a ‘Medical Home’ in a low-income African- American community. Oral presentation at the American Public Health Association Conference, Washington, D.C.

Seweryn, S. (2002, October) GIS and Communicable Disease Surveillance: A Tool for Tracking West Nile Virus in Suburban Cook County. Poster presentations at the URISA Annual Conference and Exposition, Chicago, IL.

Seweryn, S., Webb, V., West, P., Scott, K. (2000, January) Delving Deeper: Using GIS to Identify Disparities in Community Health Indicators. Poster presentations at the Healthy People 2010 Conference, Partnerships for the New Millennium, Washington, D.C.

Seweryn, S., Fahrenwald, M., Smith, S., Knudsen, K. (1997, November) Assessment of Immunization Coverage Levels in a Sample of a Birth Cohort; Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN.