Megan A. Weis, DrPH, MPH, MCHES
Associate Director, Outreach & Program Development
Dr. Megan Weis is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist who brings close to 15 years of experience in planning, implementing and evaluation of public health initiatives and surveillance programs to IMPH. A graduate of Furman University and the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Weis’s diverse experience ranges from serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer working in Maternal and Child Health in Malawi, Africa; implementing and managing surveillance systems at the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC); and report writing, grant writing, strategic planning, organization and coalition development, management of multi-stakeholder workgroups and evaluation and communications for IMPH.
In all her roles, she has successfully worked to unite non-traditional partners from various disciplines and organizations to jointly address public health challenges. Currently, she serves on the board of Eat Smart Move More South Carolina. She has previously served in numerous leadership positions within the South Carolina Public Health Association (SCPHA), including as the SCPHA Affiliate Representative to the American Public Health Association (APHA) Governing Council, Health Education Section Chair and as a Member-at-Large and Secretary of the Governing Council. In 2013, she received the Lucinda Thomas Award for outstanding contributions in the area of community health. For her efforts in establishing the Student Forum (now Student Section) of SCPHA, she was recognized with the President’s Award in 2010. Dr. Weis was also recognized as the 2007 Health Education Professional Health Education Professional of Year by the South Carolina Association for the Advancement of Health Education.
Her doctoral studies in Health Promotion, Education and Behavior at the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health focused on structural approaches to public health interventions, particularly in relation to evaluation of social and organizational influences on health, capacity development initiatives, and the effectiveness of collaborations and partnerships.
As Associate Director of Outreach & Program Development, Dr. Weis provides leadership and management in the development of a diverse array of programs and organizational needs internal and external to IMPH. Currently, she facilitates implementation and evaluation of the South Carolina State Obesity Action Plan and dissemination and utilization of the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps in the state. Dr. Weis represents IMPH in a variety of settings and contributes to research and evaluation activities. She also directs the communication and marketing activities of the Institute, including the website, social media and publications.