Heather M. Brandt, PhD, CHES

Associate Professor; Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
Affiliate Faculty, Women's Studies
Scientific Member (Junior Rank), South Carolina Cancer Center

Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior
Arnold School of Public Health
University of South Carolina
Discovery I Bldg.
915 Greene Street, Rm. 230
Columbia, SC 29208
Dept.:  803.777.7096
Fax:  803.777.6290

E-Mail:  hbrandt@sc.edu

Cancer Prevention & Control Program
915 Greene St, Room 230
Columbia, SC 29208 (29201 for express delivery)
Tel: 803.576.5649
Fax: 803.576.5624

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

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2003 PhD, Health Promotion and Education, University of South Carolina
2003 Graduate certificate of study, Women's Studies, University of South Carolina
1999 MSPH, Health Promotion and Education, University of South Carolina
1999 Graduate certificate of study, Gerontology, University of South Carolina
1997 BS with Honors, Health Promotion (Minor: Communication Studies), University of Iowa
Cancer prevention and control
Cervical cancer, human papillomavirus (HPV), colorectal cancer, prostate cancer
Cancer disparities among underserved populations
Social and behavioral aspects of human papillomavirus (HPV), cervical cancer, and colorectal cancer
Women’s health (sexual and reproductive health)
Health literacy influences on health, behavior, and research participation
Women’s health (sexual and reproductive health)
"Emerging Leader in Public Health and Health Disparities Research"
Awarded at the Fifth Annual James E. Clyburn Health Disparities Lecture
"Moving from Hope to Action: Transforming Research to Eliminate Health Disparities Across Generations."
Current Research Projects

Community-Based Colorectal Cancer Prevention in South Carolina: Formative Research and Intervention Development
Source: National Center for Research Resources
Role: Principal Investigator
The goal is to ascertain information on colorectal knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors from a population-based sample of men and women in South Carolina to inform the development of a geographically-targeted, culturally- and literacy-appropriate educational intervention. (http://cccr.sc.edu/)

Community Navigation for Colorectal Cancer Prevention and Control, WE CAN! Colon Cancer Program
Source: The Duke Endowment
Role: Principal Investigator
The goal is to develop, implement, evaluate, and disseminate a community navigation program for residents of Richland and Lexington Counties, South Carolina aged 50 and older to increase awareness of colorectal cancer and provide support for seeking colorectal cancer screening services. (http://cccr.sc.edu/wecan/)

Cervical Cancer Screening and HIV Testing Behaviors among Financially Disadvantaged Women in SC
Source: South Carolina Translational Research Institute
Role: Principal Investigator
An interdisciplinary team of researchers encompassing social and behavioral scientists, cancer epidemiologists, clinicians, and health disparities researchers will collaborate to address uptake of HIV testing, Pap testing, abnormal Pap test follow-up, and HPV DNA testing among financially disadvantaged women in South Carolina through secondary data analysis of existing South Carolina-based datasets. (https://sctr.musc.edu/)

South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Network II
PI: James R. Hébert, MSPH, ScD
Source: National Cancer Institute
The overall goal is to continue to address cancer disparities through research, education, and training. The focus of the SCCDCN-II is on addressing cancer disparities among African Americans in South Carolina through partnerships with community-based organizations, specifically the State Baptist Young Woman’s Auxiliary of the Woman’s Baptist Education and Missionary Convention. (http://sccdcn.sph.sc.edu/)

South Carolina Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network
PI: James R. Hébert, MSPH, ScD
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The goal is to spread and increase use of efficacious public health interventions based upon science and directed toward a population whose disparities are extraordinarily well documented and in which we have made considerable progress in beginning to address points of greatest need. (http://www.cpcrn.org/default.asp)

Administrative Supplements for Community-Engaged Research on HIV/AIDS Related Cancers Among Racial/Ethnic and Underserved Populations(South Carolina Cancer Disparities Community Network)
PI: Hebert/PL: Wigfall;
Source: National Cancer Institute
The goal is to identify cervical cancer and HPV prevention knowledge gaps; determine reliability of self-reported Pap testing behavior; identify barriers and facilitators to utilizing cervical cancer screening, follow-up, and treatment services; and engage community members in the future development (adaptation) of an evidence-based cervical cancer prevention program aimed at the early detection and treatment of cervical cancer disease among women living with HIV in rural, medically underserved areas of South Carolina.
HPEB 824: Concepts and Methods in Health Promotion
The course includes fundamental principles, and practices of public health promotion including history, ethics, cultural competence, professional responsibilities, overview of theory and models, and selection and implementation of instructional methods.
HPEB 700: Planning Health Promotion Programs
The course is an overview of health promotion planning frameworks and issues in planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs in a variety of settings, including emphasis on the Precede-Proceed Model.
HPEB 702: Community Health Development
The course addresses knowledge and skills for facilitating community-based approaches for promoting the health and well-being. Topics addressed include facilitating community development and empowerment: assessing community needs and assets; building upon community capacities; gaining trust and entry into communities; employing media and policy advocacy, coalition-building, social networks, local government, and organizations in creating change.
HPEB 748: Social and Physical Environment Interventions in Health Promotion
The advanced course examines issues related to planning, implementing or evaluating health promotion interventions that target change in physical and social including policy environments. It is assumed that students who enroll in this course are familiar with the basics of program planning and evaluation, and health behavior theory through previous coursework and/or experience.
Refereed Journal Articles In Press or Published
  1. McCracken, J.L., Friedman, D.B., Brandt, H.M., Arp Adams, S., Xirasagar, S., Ureda, J.R., Mayo, R.M., Comer, K., Evans, M., Fedrick, D., Talley, J., Broderick, M., Hebert, J.R. (In press). Findings from the Community Health Intervention Program in South Carolina: Implications for reducing cancer-related health disparities. Journal of Cancer Education.
  2. Bynum SA, BRANDT HM, Friedman DB, Annang L, Tanner A. Knowledge, beliefs, and behaviors: Examining human papillomavirus-related gender differences among African American college students. Journal of American College Health. 2011;59(4):296-302.
  3. McCree DH, Daley EM, Gorbach P, Hamm RM, Sharpe PA, BRANDT HM, McFarlane M, Kerndt P, McDermott RJ, Perrin KM, St. Lawrence JS. Awareness of diagnosis and knowledge of HPV in women patients: Data from a multi-site study. American Journal of Health Education. 2010 Jul-Aug;41(4):197-205.
  4. Scarinci I, Garcia FA, Kobetz E, Partridge EE, BRANDT HM, Bell MC, Dignan M, Walls T, Ma GX, Castle PE. Cervical Cancer Prevention: New Tools and Old Barriers. Cancer2010 Jun 1;116(11):2531-42.
  5. BRANDT HM, Bellinger J, Sharpe P, Hardin J. General Findings of a Population-Based HPV Telephone Survey of Women in South Carolina. J S C Med Assoc. December 2009;105(7):263.
  6. BRANDT HM, Sharpe PA, McCree DH, Wright MS, Davis J, Hutto BE. HPV vaccine acceptability, barriers, and information needs of women living in the rural south. Am J Hlth Educ. 2009 May/June;40(3):174-180.
  7. BRANDT HM, Glover S. Introduction to the Special Issue Cervical Cancer in South Carolina: Problems and Solutions Through Research, Practice, and Innovation. J S C Med Assoc. December 2009;105(7):263.
  8. Adams S, Fleming A, BRANDT HM, et al. Racial Disparities in Cervical Cancer Mortality in an African American and European American Cohort in South Carolina. J S C Med Assoc. December 2009;105(7):237.
  9. Bond S, BRANDT HM. Cervical Cancer and HPV Information Resources. J S C Med Assoc. December 2009;105(7):318.
  10. Bynum S, Wright M, BRANDT HM, Burgis J, Bacon J. Knowledge, Beliefs, and Attitudes Related to Human Papillomavirus Infection and Vaccination, Pap Tests, and Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia among Adolescent Girls and Women. J S C Med Assoc. December 2009;105(7):267.
  11. Glover S, Williams A, BRANDT HM. The Moving to Action (MTA) Initiative: Addressing Cervical Cancer in South Carolina. J S C Med Assoc. December 2009;105(7):231.
  12. Griffin S, Williams A, BRANDT HM, Glover S. Participatory Evaluation of Community-Based HPV and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control Efforts. J S C Med Assoc.December 2009;105(7):309.
  13. Savoy J, Hurley D, BRANDT HM, Bolick-Aldrich S, Ehlers M. Cervical Cancer in South Carolina: Epidemiologic Profile. J S C Med Assoc. December 2009;105(7):227.
  14. Scott D, Williams D, BRANDT HM, Odom D, Comer K. Answering the Call to Prevent Cervical Cancer among African American Women. J S C Med Assoc December 2009;105(7):287.
  15. Lindley LL, BRANDT HM, Annang L, Barnett CL, Hardin JW, Burcin M. Receipt of routine gynecological examinations among sexually active female college students in the United States. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2009 Aug;18(8):1195-1200.
  16. Hébert JR, BRANDT HM, Armstead CA, Adams SA, Steck SE, Cooper L. Interdisciplinary, Translational, and Community-Based Participatory Research: Finding a Common Language to Improve Cancer Research. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2009 Apr;18(4):1213-1217.
  17. Lindley LL, Barnett C, BRANDT HM, Hardin J, Burcin M. STDs Among Sexually Active Female College Students: Does Sexual Orientation Make a Difference? Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. 2008 Dec;40(4):212-217
  18. Roland KB, Benard VB, Saraiya M, Hawkins NA, BRANDT HM, Friedman AL. Assessing cervical cancer screening guidelines in patient education materials. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2008 Dec 23;18(1):5-12.
  19. McCree DH, Sharpe PA, BRANDT HM, Robertson R. Preferences for sources of information about abnormal Pap tests and HPV in women tested for HPV. Prev Med. 2006 Sep;43(3):165-70.
  20. BRANDT HM, Modayil MV, Hurley D, Pirisi-Creek LA, Johnson MG, Davis J, Mathur SP, Hebert JR. Cervical cancer disparities in South Carolina: An update of early detection, special programs, descriptive epidemiology, and emerging directions. J S C Med Assoc. 2006 Aug;102(7):223-30.
  21. Adams SA, Hebert JR, Bolick-Aldrich, Daguise VG, Mosley CM, Modayil MV, Berger SH, Teas J, Mitas M, Cunningham JE, Steck SE, Burch J, Butler WM, Horner MJD, BRANDT HM. Breast cancer disparities in South Carolina: Early detection, special programs, and descriptive epidemiology. J S C Med Assoc. 2006 Aug;102(7):231-9.
  22. BRANDT HM, McCree DH, Lindley LL, Sharpe PA, Hutto BE. An evaluation of printed HPV educational materials. Cancer Control. 2005 Nov;12 Suppl 2:103-6.
  23. Sharpe PA, BRANDT HM, McCree DH. Knowledge and beliefs about abnormal pap test results and HPV among women with high-risk HPV: results from in-depth interviews. Women Health. 2005;42(2):107-33.
  24. Coker AL, Watkins KW, Smith PH, BRANDT HM. Social support reduces the impact of partner violence on health: application of structural equation models. Prev Med. 2003 Sep;37(3):259-67.
  25. Coker AL, Davis KE, Arias I, Desai S, Sanderson M, BRANDT HM, Smith PH. Physical and mental health effects of intimate partner violence for men and women. Am J Prev Med. >2002 Nov;23(4):260-8.
  26. BRANDT HM, and Sargent RG. Body weight changes in perimenopausal women. Healthy Weight Journal. 2002;16(3):42-44.
  27. Sargent RG, and BRANDT HM. Body weight changes in women: The influence of pregnancy. Healthy Weight Journal.2002;16(3):39-41.
  28. Coker AL, Bethea L, Smith PH, Fadden MK, BRANDT HM. Missed opportunities: intimate partner violence in family practice settings. Prev Med. 2002 Apr;34(4):445-54.