Elizabeth M Felter

  • Assistant Professor, Director of the MPH Program
  • Faculty in Behavioral and Community Health Sciences

I direct the MPH program, and my passion is for health education/communication and public health workforce development.

My classes are all about putting theory into practice. Whether it's in BCHS 2504, Overview of Health Communications, BCHS 2572, Risk Communication, or BCHS 2516 Video for Health Promotion, students get to collaborate with community organizations to develop skills in a meaningful way. In our school-wide PUBHLT 2034, Public Health Communication course, we explore how effective communication is essential across the entire public health field

My research and practice delve into health education/communication and workforce development, with a strong emphasis on evaluation. To that end, I serve as the evaluator and a trainer for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Public Health Training Center.  I'm also actively involved in combating mis- and disinformation about vaccines through research and solution development.

Beyond the classroom, I'm a committed member of the university community, actively participating in numerous departmental and school-level committees. I also serve as the BCHS representative to EPCC. Additionally, I find great satisfaction in mentoring students through their thesis, essay, and dissertation committees.


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 (Inquire)

BCHS 2516 Video for Health Promotion (Inquire)

Selected Publications
  1. Hoffman BL*, Boness CL, Chu K, Wolynn R*, Sallowicz L*, Mintas D, Douaihy AB, Felter EM, Sidani JE. (2022). COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, acceptance, and promotion among healthcare workers: A mixed-methods analysis. Journal of Community Health http://doi.org/10.1007/s10900-022-01095-3
  2. McCreavy, C. J.,* Piccoli, E., Krier, S.E., Felter, E. F.,&nbsp & van Panhuis, W.G. (2021). Readability, Suitability, and Content Evaluation of Initial, Online Masking Guidance from the U.S. States during the COVID-19 Pandemic, American Journal of Health Education, 52:6, 377-383, DOI: 10.1080/19325037.2021.1973617
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.&nbsp 2019, April 10; 37(16), 2216-2223. PMID:30905530
  6. 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)