ELIZABETH FELTER joined the faculty as assistant professor in 2010. She has been a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) since 2001 and leads the department’s health communication/health risk communication curriculum. Her teaching portfolio has expanded to include development of infographics, preparation of public service announcements, and use of video for public health communication. Her classes, which include Overview of Health Communications, Risk Communication, Doctoral Seminar in Health Communications, and Worksite Health Promotion, involve interaction with community organizations and agencies throughout the county. Felter’s research and practice-based work is focused mainly in the area of health education/communications and worksite health promotion. She has worked on a number of research projects, including StairWELL to Better Health and the Garden Market Project at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and assessments of worksite wellness committee function at PPG Industries. She also has provided research support for the Allegheny County Department of Health’s Maternal and Child Health Division and health communications support to many local human service organizations.
Felter is coauthoring a study guide for the CHES exam, slated for publication in 2018, and her scholarly efforts in health communication have appeared in key papers published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. She codirects the department’s practicum program, serves as chair of the Professional Preparation and Practice committee for the Pennsylvania branch of Society for Public Health Education, organizes media efforts for the department, is a sought-after advisor, and supervises more than 10 MPH theses per year.
Felter earned her DrPH in behavioral and community health sciences in 2009 at Pitt Public Health.