Cynthia L Salter, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

Affiliated faculty, Center for Global Health


6135 Public Health
R-znvy: plf1@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-838-9958

Personal Statement

I chose to pursue a doctoral degree after working for many years with a community-based program focused on improving birth experiences and maternal health outcomes for women in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.  In my previous work, my staff and the women we served were often invited to participate in maternity care research, yet the reseach questions under investigation did not always align with our interests or our needs.  This discrepancy pushed me to return to research so that I could develop research questions that reflect the priorities of women in our local communities.  My initial research into birth trauma explored the experiences and perceptions of maternity care clinicians and has deepened my commitment to a human rights approach to maternity care.  As a member of the BCHS faculty, I am continuing my research into maternity care and birth experiences, particularly in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.  I am an affiliated faculty member of the Global Studies Center and I was inducted into Delta Omega in 2020. I also serve on the Allegheny County Health Department Infant Mortality Collaborative. 


1985 Ohio Wesleyan University, BA Journalism and English

1996 The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, MPH International Health

2019 The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, PhD Behavioral and Community Health Sciences


Introduction to Global Health

Applications in Public Health

Cynthia L Salter