Assistant Professor, Health Sciences
Dr. Shaniece Criss is an Assistant Professor of Health Science at Furman University and a community-engaged qualitative researcher addressing health equity and health communication. She partners with Furman’s Institute for the Advancement of Community Health as an academic lead on projects with Prisma Health-Upstate and LiveWell Greenville. She is also a fellow of Riley Institute’s Diversity Leaders Initiative, Shi Center for Sustainability, Shucker Leadership Institute, Collaborative for Community-Engaged Learning, as well as, a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.
Dr. Criss is an elected official on Travelers Rest City Council and serves on the board of directors for Prisma Health, Public Education Partners, Dining for Women, and SC YMCA Youth in Government & Teen Achievers. In the past, she has served on the Greenville County Human Relations Commission and Travelers Rest Municipal Election Commission. Recently, she has been named a “ChangeMaker” by the Multiplying Good (formerly Jefferson Awards Foundation) and a Greenville County Schools Hall of Fame Inductee.
With a passion to implement effective interventions and policies, she earned her doctorate from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a Master of Public Administration and a Presidential Public Service Fellowship from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a Master of Public Health from Emory University, and an undergraduate degree in communication from Oglethorpe University. As a public health practitioner, Dr. Criss served as producer and host for a national television show for the Ministry of Health in Guyana, South America, during her Peace Corps service. She also held positions at ICF International, Centers for Disease Control, and CNN.
- Sc.D., Harvard University, T. H. Chan School of Public Health
- MPH, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health
- MPA, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government
- B.A., Oglethorpe University
Dr. Criss aims to integrate the fields of social epidemiology, behavioral sciences, and health communication to influence public policy and create interventions to improve population health. Specific topics include: health equity, social determinants of health, media effects on health, health policy, obesity, tobacco, and adolescent health.