CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA's 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo


Meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now

Submission Deadline: Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Epidemiology Section invites you to submit abstracts and proposals presenting the results of scientific research and programs related to epidemiology for the 146th APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition, November 10 – November 14, 2018 in San Diego. All abstract submitters are invited to submit research that aligns with the main conference topic, however, all areas of Epidemiology will be considered.

We invite all interested presenters and attendees to become members of the Epidemiology Section and welcome all new, returning and continuing members to submit abstracts to our section!

Epidemiology has a long tradition in Public Health and the mission of the Epidemiology Section is to foster epidemiologic research and science-based public health practice and serve as a conduit between the epidemiologic research community and users of scientific information for the development, implementation, and evaluation of policies affecting the public's health.

Thank you for sharing your research and contributing to the advancement of Science and Public Health Practice!

  • Behavioral Health Epidemiology
  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology of Substance Abuse
  • Ethics in Epidemiology
  • Genetic Epidemiology
  • Health Equity and the Role of Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Injury Epidemiology
  • Lifecourse Epidemiology
  • Methods in Epidemiology
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Role of Epidemiology in Public Health Practice
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Teaching Epidemiology
  • Translation and Application of Epidemiology
  • Other Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology
  • Other Topics in Epidemiology
General Information:
Individuals should submit material only if they, or a designee, are committed to registering for the conference and presenting the paper or poster. Please follow the general instructions for abstract submission on the web site. Abstract text must be limited to 450 words. All submissions must include all the information necessary to receive continuing education credits.

Abstracts must include the following elements (please include these section headings in your abstract text):
  • Background
  • Objectives
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion

Abstracts relating to data that have not been collected and/or not analyzed as of the abstract deadline will be rejected

Oral presentations are generally 10-12 minutes in length. An additional 3-5 minutes will be available for discussion and questions from the audience. Presenters at poster sessions should display their work and be available to answer questions throughout the scheduled 60 minute poster session. Preferences for oral versus poster presentation will be considered.  However, the program committee reserves the right to make all final decisions in designating abstracts as oral or poster presentations. 

Student Abstracts:

All students who submit an abstract accepted for presentation at the annual meeting are eligible for student awards. You must indicate at the time of your submission that you are a student presenter to be considered for a student award. Award winners will be notified prior to the annual meeting and will be required to present their abstracts at the meeting.

Continuing Education Credit:

APHA values the ability to provide continuing education credit to physicians, nurses, health educators, and those certified in public health at its annual meeting. Please complete all required information when submitting an abstract so members can claim credit for attending your session. These credits are necessary for members to keep their licenses and credentials.

For a session to be eligible for Continuing Education Credit, each presenter, panelist, discussant, and/or faculty must provide:

1) an abstract free of trade and/or commercial product names (example: state “a major urban health care provider” rather than naming a for-profit business or its products. However, in the methods section you can name the statistical software package that was used for the analysis);

2) at least one measurable single objective (“to understand” or “to learn” are not measurable objectives and compound objectives are not acceptable). Use only the following measurable action verbs: Explain, Demonstrate, Analyze, Formulate, Discuss, Compare, Differentiate, Describe, Name, Assess, Evaluate, Identify, Design, Define or List.

3) A signed Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form with a relevant qualification statement.
Example of Acceptable Biographical Qualification Statement: (I have been the principal or co-principal investigator of federally funded grants focusing on the epidemiology of chronic diseases. Among my scientific interests has been the development of strategies for preventing cardiovascular disease and the assessment of novel methods in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes).

Please note that stating “I am a Principal Investigator/Project Coordinator of this project.” is not sufficient since it only gives the submitter's job title or position. Please add sufficient and appropriate information about your experience, expertise and background. Failure to submit this information on time may cause your abstract to be excluded as it will jeopardize the accreditation of the entire session for which it was scheduled.

Abstracts without a measurable objective or a conflict of interest listed for the session will be returned to the author for completion or may be rejected.

4) All continuing education learning content must be of sound science or professional practice and serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills and professional competence of the health professional. Learning content should be evidence-based if available. A list of areas will be provided online for you to choose from. You will be asked to choose at least one or up to 6 areas that your presentation will address.

Thank you for your assistance in making your session credit worthy! Contact Mighty Fine at if you have any questions concerning continuing education.

Special/Invited Sessions:

The Epidemiology Section invites the submission of proposals for Invited or Special Sessions (i.e., sessions with invited speakers) that will highlight important topics in Epidemiology and Public Health. If you are interested in organizing a special session, you should submit a brief description of the proposed session by March 2, 2018, to the program chairs  for a pre-review and determination of approval. The short proposal (not more than two pages in length) should include the title, purpose, relevance and importance of the proposed session, the proposed invited speakers and the respective titles of their presentations.

After acceptance of your proposal you will be asked to submit a more detailed session description that will provide the following information:

  • A brief Abstract of the overall session
  • Session Objectives
  • Proposed organizer, presider(s), discussant (if any) and invited speakers for specific topics
  • The full names of the active participants including their emails, phone numbers and complete affiliation.
  • A time schedule within the session (up to 90 minutes total in length, with no individual presentation longer than 25 minutes)
  • Learning Areas for all presentations
  • Learning Objectives for all presentations
  • Keyword for all presentations
  • Presenting author's disclosure statement

Deadlines for Invited or Special Sessions:
Invited or Special session proposals should be submitted to the program chairs no later than April 13, 2018.  Invited or Special session abstracts must be submitted starting April 9, 2018 until the deadline on April 27, 2018. A complete abstract for each proposed presentation and discussant must be submitted through the web site, with an indication of the Invited or Special session to which it belongs. An abstract submitted as part of an Invited or Special session should not be submitted as an individual contributed abstract.
Please remember that all proposals for invited sessions must include all the requirements that were listed above to receive continuing education credits.

Thank you for considering the APHA Epidemiology Section!


Program Planner Contact Information:

Kesha Baptiste-Roberts, PhD, MPH
School of Community Health & Policy, Department of Public Health Analysis
Morgan State University
4530 Portage Ave Campus, Rm 212
1700 E Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251
Phone: 443-885-4013

Siobhan C. Maty, PhD, MPH
Helfgott Research Institute
National University of Natural Medicine
2220 SW 1st Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503-552-1753