The American Public Health Association is now accepting abstracts for the 140th APHA Annual Meeting.
The theme of the meeting is Prevention and Wellness Across the Lifespan
Submission Deadline: Abstracts are due between February 10-14. See the list of components below for specific deadlines. Deadlines will not be extended.
Abstract Notification: All authors will be notified via email of abstract status on Friday, June 1, 2012. Please make sure your email address is correct and up-to-date.
Registration and Membership: You do not have to be an APHA member to submit an abstract. However, if your abstract is accepted for presentation, the presenting author MUST become an APHA Individual member and MUST register for the Annual Meeting by the September pre-registration deadline (APHA Learning Institute faculty and Speakers of invited sessions are excluded).
Author Disclaimer: Opinions expressed by authors of abstracts represents only the opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the American Public Health Association.
Penalties: Presenters who fail to show up for their scheduled presentations without notifying the program planner of cancellation will not be permitted to present papers or posters at any APHA-sponsored meeting for two years following the "no-show."
Publication Embargo: Abstracts submitted and accepted for the APHA Annual Meeting may not be presented at any other meeting or published prior to Wednesday, November 19, 2014. For information on publishing in the American Journal of Public Health following the Annual Meeting please log on to http://ajph.aphapublications.org/.
Session Types: Three types of sessions are presented at the APHA Annual Meeting; Oral, Poster and Roundtable. Individuals may submit as either an Oral or Poster or indicate "no preference." Oral presentations will be placed in either the formal theater style session or a roundtable session. For more information about each session type visit www.apha.org/meetings/sessions/.
Standard AV: All oral scientific session rooms are equipped with an LCD projector, computer and screen. Internet and video capabilities are NOT included. See information about the Technology Theater and the Film Festival below for sessions dependent on internet access or additional equipment/technology.
If any of the below requirements are not met by submission deadline your abstract will be removed
- Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts on current and emerging public health issues.
- Abstracts must be submitted to a specific Section, Special Primary Interest Group (SPIG), Caucus or Forum.
- Do not submit the same abstract to more than one Section, SPIG, Caucus or Forum.
- Only (1) author can be identified as presenter on an abstract and make the presentation.
- The presenting author may only present 3 accepted abstracts.
- Co-authors may be listed on multiple abstracts.
- Two-page summaries (if required) must be less than 2000 words.
- Learning objectives must be described and be from the learner's perspective. Please use one of the examples of measurable action words provided on the submission form. Learning objectives should not be included in the abstract text word count.
- Qualification statements must be specific to the abstract and describe how presenter is qualified to present on the topic.
- Do not include trade or brand names in your abstract.
- All steps on the abstract submission form must be completed.
- Scroll below to select a specific Section, SPIG, Caucus or Forum to submit your abstract. If you are unsure where your presentation would best fit in the program view the list of topic areas suggested by each group.
- Please read and follow the instructions provided by the specific component.
- APHA suggests that abstracts be developed off-line before accessing the online submission form.
- Use the spell-check and word-count features of your word processor to check the text of the abstract before submitting it.
Use Detailed Instruction for the Abstract Submission Process to help you walk through the steps of submitting and abstract.
It is the policy of the American Public Health Association (APHA) to hold events (meetings, conferences and professional gatherings) where physical and communication barriers do not exclude people with disabilities from attending and participating.
The Health Informatics Information Technology Theater (HIIT) Center is an environment for live presentations of information and computer technology applications for public health. The meeting room is equipped with internet access, and video projection and stereo audio. For more information and detailed requirements click on the program below. (Please note there are a very limited number of openings).
Short or feature length films should be submitted to the APHA Film Festival. The Film Festival is held in a meeting room with theater-quality video projection and stereo audio. For more information and detailed requirements click on the program below. (Please note there are a very limited number of openings).
APHA encourages film/video submitters to caption their videos so that deaf and hearing impaired registrants can fully participate in the Film Festival. While all public health related films are welcome, special consideration will be given to films that are captioned or will be captioned prior to the Annual Meeting.
E-ssentialLearning (expanded Access to Annual Meeting Sessions)
PowerPoint presentations and voice recordings of oral scientific sessions are synced and uploaded to the APHA website after the meeting. Packaged as E-ssentialLearning, Annual Meeting attendees may purchase the system providing unlimited access to hundreds of presentations. Oral session presenters who do not wish to have their presentation recorded and included in E-ssentialLearning may opt out.
For more about E-ssentialLearning go to
Continuing Education Requirements
As an organization committed to providing quality continuing education (CE) activities to its membership and meeting registrants, APHA must adhere to the requirements of various accrediting bodies and professional organizations with which it collaborates. APHA has made CE credits/contact hours available in a variety of professional disciplines. Each discipline has its own unique requirements of educational activities, and of the organizations that provide them. Because APHA strives to make as many of its educational activities as possible eligible for CE, it is essential that the presenters (authors, faculty, etc) meet all CE requirements and follow discipline-specific regulations.
Click here to review the 2014 Meeting Purpose, Learning Objectives and Target Audience before submitting an abstract.