- School of Public Health W.W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award (2006)
- W. George Pinnell Award for Outstanding Service (1989)
David Zachary McSwane received his A.B. in Biology from Wabash College in 1970. He then earned his M.P.H. in Community Health Education in 1972, and his H.S.D. in Health and Safety Education in 1980 from Indiana University.
David Zachary McSwane joined the faculty at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in 1981 as an Assistant Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1993, and full Professor in 2005. From 1993 to 1998 and 2000 to 2002, McSwane was the Director of Undergraduate Programs in SPEA. In 1998, he became an Adjunct Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the Environmental Health concentration, and then Adjunct Professor in 2005, for the Department of Public Health in the School of Medicine. For the 2008 to 2009 school year, he was the Interim Associate Dean of SPEA at IUPUI. As of 2010, McSwane was appointed full Professor and the Coordinator of the Environmental Health concentration for the Department of Public Health at Indiana University’s School of Medicine.
McSwane is a member of the American Public Health Association, the American Academy of Sanitarians, the Association of Food and Drug Officials, the Conference for Food Protection, the International Association for Food Protection, the National Environmental Health Association, the Indiana Environmental Health Association, and the Indiana Public Health Association.
McSwane was elected Diplomat of the American Academy of Sanitarians in 1977. In 1980, he received a Certificate of Merit from the National Environmental Health Association, Outstanding Sanitarian from the Central Chapter of the Indiana Environmental Health Association, Indiana Environmental Health Association's Past President's Award for outstanding leadership and service for the advancement of the environmental health profession, and an award for Distinguished Teaching & Service from the National Institute for the Foodservice Industry. In 1982 he received the President's Award from the Indiana Public Health Association, and was elected as Honorary Member of Accolade to IUPUI’s Scholastic Society. McSwane was listed in Marquis' Who's Who in the Midwest in 1983, and was the recipient of the American Cancer Society's Presidential Commendation for Outstanding Contributions in Public Education in 1984. In 1985, he won a Certificate of Merit from the Indiana Division of the American Cancer Society, and IUPUI Experience Excellence Award. In 1986, he was the recipient of a Continuing Education Scholarship from the Indiana Environmental Health Association, and a Volunteer Service Certificate from the Marion County Project Head Start. McSwane was awarded the National Environmental Health Association Award of Appreciation for meritorious contributions to the profession of environmental health in 1988, and the W. George Pinnell Award for outstanding service from Indiana University in 1989. In 1992, McSwane was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by the International Association of Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians, and the "Tony and Mary Hulman Health Achievement Award" for Environmental Health presented by the Indiana Public Health Foundation, Inc. By 1993, he was awarded the National Divisional Award (St. George Medal) by the American Cancer Society, and was a Fellow for IU School of Nursing's Institute of Action Research for Community Health and the World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Healthy Cities. In 1996, he was awarded the Past President's Award by the National Environmental Health Association and the Environmental Health Profession, and in 1998, a Certificate of Achievement from the American Academy of Sanitarians. He received a Teaching Excellence Recognition Award from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 1997, 1999 & 2000. Also in 1997, he was awarded a Tim Sullivan Award from the Indiana Environmental Health Association, and a Walter S. Mangold Award from the National Environmental Health Association in 1999. He’s also received a Teaching Excellence Award for Undergraduate Education from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2000, the Willard W. Patty Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at IU in 2006, PUSCESA Team Award from Purdue University Cooperative Extension Specialists Association in 2008, a Certificate of Appreciation from IU’s School of Medicine in 2008, a Certificate of Appreciation from the National Environmental Health Association in 2009, and was Inducted into Delta Omega Honor Society in 2011.