Heather M. Brandt, PhD, CHES has more than 20 years of experience working in the public health field. She has particular expertise in cancer prevention and control efforts focused on examining, describing, and intervening upon cancer-related health disparities through innovative approaches in partnership with the “community” (defined broadly and diversely) emphasizing dissemination and implementation of evidence-based approaches, knowledge-based practice, and co-creating knowledge with stakeholders in order to address disparities through informed action on multiple levels.
Dr. Brandt is an Associate Professor of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior in the Arnold School of Public Health and Associate Dean for Professional Development in The Graduate School at the University of South Carolina. She is well known at the University and across the state for her ability to collaborate and to get things done.
Dr. Brandt has a diverse network of partners with whom she works and has worked to address cancer-related health disparities and underlying factors contributing to health disparities overall. She has led several research grants to increase HPV vaccination, cervical cancer screening, and colorectal cancer screening; to engage the faith community in efforts to address health disparities; and to examine the role of health communication in improving community-partnered approaches in public health. A passionate advocate, Dr. Brandt has relentlessly supported women’s health rights and continues to emphasize the role of policy, systems, and environment on public health in her work.
She is the recipient of several awards, including the 2016 Norman J. Arnold Alumni Medal, 2015 James A. Keith Excellence in Teaching Award, 2014 Crescent Award, 2014 Tribute to Women in Industry Award for Health, and 2013 Early Career Award from the Public Health Education and Health Promotion (PHEHP) Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA). Nationally, she is Chair-Elect of the PHEHP Section of APHA, Co-Leader of the 80% by 2018 Evaluation Committee of the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable, and a member of the National HPV Vaccination Roundtable. Locally, she is a member of the Contemporaries Board of the Columbia Museum of Art, Board of Directors of the South Carolina Cancer Alliance, and Executive Committee of Women in Philanthropy of the United Way of the Midlands.