Dr. Elizabeth M. Felter, DrPH

Assistant Professor, Behavioral and Community Health Sciences


6122 Public Health
R-znvy: rzsrygre@cvgg.rqh
Primary Phone: 967-838-4174
Fax: 967-179-0065

Personal Statement

Elizabeth Felter joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 2010. She has been a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) since 2011 and leads the department's health communication/health risk communication curriculum.  Her classes, which include Overview of Health Communications, Risk Communication, Video for Health Promotion, and the school-wide Public Health Communication, involve interaction with community organizations and agencies throughout the county. Dr. Felter's research and practice-based work is focused mainly in the area of health education/ communications and evaluation, including supporting health departments, health clinics, and non-profits with their COVID-19 response.  


Dr. Felter is currently coauthoring a second edition of the CEHS (R) Exam Review: Certification Guide for Health Education Specialists. Her scholarly efforts in health communication have appeared in key papers published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Vaccine. She codirects the department's practicum program, serves on numerous committees at the University, School, and Department-wide levels, organizes media efforts for the department, and is pleased to serve on many dissertation, thesis, and essay committees each year.


She earned her PhD in behavioral and community health sciences in 2009 at Pitt Public Health.


2011 | Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) | National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. (Inaugural class)
2009 | University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA | Doctor of Public Health 
2002 | Certified health Education Specialist (CHES) | National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
2001 | University of Georgia, Athens, GA | Master of Arts (Health Promotion and Behavior)
1997 | The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH | Bachelors of Arts (English)


PUBHLT 2034 Public Health Communications (Fall and Spring)
BCHS 2504 Health Communications (Spring)

BCHS 2572 Risk Communication (Alternate Falls)

BCHS 2516 Video for Health Promotion (Alternate Falls)

Selected Publications

  1. Hoffman B.L*., Colditz J.B., Shensa A., Wolynn R*., Taneja S.B., Felter E.M., Wolynn T., Sidani J.E. (2021). #DoctorsSpeakUp: Lessons Learned from a Pro-Vaccine Twitter Event. Volume 39, Issue 19, 2684-2691. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2021.03.061
  2. Cheyne K, Smith M, Felter E.M., Orozco M, Steiner EA, Park Y*, et al. Food Bank–Based Diabetes Prevention Intervention to Address Food Security, Dietary Intake, and Physical Activity in a Food-Insecure Cohort at High Risk for Diabetes. Prev Chronic Dis 2020;17:190210.
  3. Hoffman, B.L*., Felter, E.M., Chu, K.H., Shensa, A., Wolynn, T., Williams, D., & Primack, B.A. It’s Not All About Autism: The Emerging Landscape of Anti-Vaccination Sentiment on Facebook. Vaccine.  2019, April 10; 37(16), 2216-2223. PMID:30905530
  4. Felter, E.M. & Baumann, S.E.* Development of a Community-Engaged Classroom for Teaching Health Communications: Lessons Learned from Ten Semesters of Implementation. Pedagogy in Health Promotion. 2019. https://doi.org/10/1177/2373379918824353 (2019 Paper of the Year)

Elizabeth M. Felter