Dr. Heather Brandt, associate professor of health promotion, education, and behavior (HPEB) at the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health, has been appointed to serve on the editorial board of the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) American Journal of Public Health (AJPH). The journal aims to advance public health research, policy, practice and education. Dr. Brandt’s three-year term begins following the Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association in Atlanta this November.
[Photo: Dr. Heather Brandt]
As a board member, Dr. Brandt will help develop and review AJPH’s strategic plan and policy issues and provide direction and advice to the journal’s editors and staff. The board also serves as a link to APHA members and readers, representing their interests by ensuring their viewpoints are shared. Every year, the editorial board provides a report to the association’s Executive Board/Governing Council to share progress and setbacks, allowing a transparent assessment of the Journal’s performance.
Dr. Brandt has been an active member of APHA since 1998. She presents original research on an array of topics at the organization’s annual meetings and has held a variety of service roles, including chair and secretary of the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section, chair of the Women’s Caucus, and chair of the Committee on Women’s Rights. She has served as an ad hoc reviewer for more than 30 peer-reviewed journals and as an editorial board member for five journals.
At the University of South Carolina, Dr. Brandt serves on various committees within her department, across the Arnold School, and throughout the university — particularly through her role as associate dean of professional development for the Graduate School. Recent honors include the Judith R. Miller Award for Service (American Public Health Association), Norman J. Arnold Alumni Medal and James A. Keith Excellence in Teaching Award (Arnold School of Public Health), Crescent Award (South Carolina Coalition for Healthy Families), Tribute to Women in Industry Award (Palmetto Center for Women), and Early Career Award (American Public Health Association).