CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA's 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo


Meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health

Submission Deadline: Sunday, March 3, 2019

The mission of the APHA 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.


The Epidemiology Section invites you to submit abstracts and Special Session proposals for presentation of results of scientific research and programs related to epidemiology for the 147th APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition, November 2 – November 6, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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 for presentation in the Epidemiology Section Scientific Sessions!


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


  • Behavioral Health Epidemiology
    Behavioral health epidemiology is focused on research that studies the distribution and etiology of health-related behaviors in populations.  Furthermore, the purpose is to understand healthful behavior patterns as part of a population approach to prevent disease and promote health.
  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology
  • Health Equity and the Role of Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Injury Epidemiology
    Injury epidemiology is focused on the characterization of injury occurrence, identification of risk factors for injuries as well the evaluation of injury prevention strategies and programs.
  • Later Breaker Poster Session
  • Lifecourse Epidemiology
    Lifecourse epidemiology is focused on the study of long-term biological, behavioral and psychosocial factors that link adult health to exposures during gestation, childhood, adolescence and across generations.
  • MON: Session A #1
  • MON: Session A #2
  • MON: Session A #3
  • MON: Session B #1
  • MON: Session B #2
  • MON: Session B#3
  • MON: Session C # 3
  • MON: Session C #1
  • MON: Session C #2
  • MON: Session D #1
  • MON: Session D #2
  • Methods in Epidemiology
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
    Nutritional epidemiology is focused on the role of nutrition in the etiology of the disease.  It involves the measurement and monitoring of the nutritional status of populations and is instrumental in the development and evaluation of interventions to improve nutritional status in populations.
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
    Pharmacoepidemiology is focused on the study of the utilization and effects of drugs in populations.
  • Poster Session A1
  • Poster Session A2
  • Poster Session A3
  • Poster Session B1
  • Poster Session B2
  • Poster Session B3
  • Poster Session C1
  • Poster Session C2
  • Poster Session C3
  • Poster Session C4
  • Poster Session C5
  • Poster Session C6
  • Role of Epidemiology in Policy Development
  • Role of Epidemiology in Program Development and Evaluation
  • Social Epidemiology
    Social epidemiology research is focused on the effects of social, political and economic structures on health in populations.
  • TUE: Session A #1
  • TUE: Session A #2
  • TUE: Session A #3
  • TUE: Session B #1
  • TUE: Session B #2
  • TUE: Session B #3
  • TUE: Session C #1
  • TUE: Session C #2
  • TUE: Session C #3
  • TUE: Session D #1
  • TUE: Session D #2
  • TUE: Session D #3
  • TUE: Session E #2
  • TUE: Session E #3
  • TUE: Session E#1
  • WED: Session A # 1
  • WED: Session A # 3
  • WED: Session A #2
  • WED: Session A #4
  • WED: Session B #1: SPECIAL SESSION 8: Epidemiology and Pedagogy
  • WED: Session B #2
  • WED: Session B #3
  • WED: Session B #4
  • WED: Session C #1
  • WED: Session C #2
  • WED: Session C #3
  • WED: Session C #4
  • Other Non-communicable Disease Epidemiology
  • Other Topics in Epidemiology

Individuals should submit material only if they, or a designee, are committed to registering for the conference and presenting their paper or poster.

 Abstract authors are invited to submit research that aligns with the main conference topic. However, all areas of Epidemiology will be considered. Please choose a topic area from the list that most closely aligns with your abstract topic.


Please follow the general instructions for abstract submission provided on the APHA web site.

  • Abstract text must be limited to 250 words
  • 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 yet been collected and/or analyzed as of the abstract deadline will be rejected.  

When submitting your abstract, you will be asked to identify which type of presentation format you prefer: Oral, poster or no preference. 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 display their work and should be available to answer questions throughout the scheduled 60-minute poster session. The program committee reserves the right to make all final decisions in designating abstracts as oral or poster presentations.  


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.



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) 
  1. At least one measurable outcome(DO NOT USE “to understand” or “to learn” as they are not measurable). Examples of Acceptable Measurable Action Words include:  Explain, Demonstrate, Analyze, Formulate, Discuss, Compare, Differentiate, Describe, Name, Assess, Evaluate, Identify, Design, Define or List
  1. A signed Conflict of Interest (Disclosure) form with a relevant qualification statement. An example of an acceptable Qualification Statement is available on the APHA website (online Disclosure form). 

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 outcome or with a conflict of interest listed for the session will be returned to the author for completion or may be rejected.

 Please contact Mighty Fine at if you have any questions concerning continuing education credit. Please contact the program planners for all other questions.


The Epidemiology Section invites the submission of proposals for Special Sessions (i.e., sessions with invited speakers) that will highlight important topics in Epidemiology research and practice. 

If you are interested in organizing a Special Session, please submit a brief description of the proposed session to the program planners (see contact information below) by March 4, 2019 for pre-review and approval. The short proposal (no more than two pages in length) should include: 

  • Name and contact information for key contact (organizer) for Special Session
  • Title for the overall session
  • Session Objectives
  • Relevance of proposed session
  • Proposed organizer, presider(s), discussant (if any) and invited speakers for each presentation
  • Proposed titles for each presentation
  • Proposed order for presentations

Notification of approval will be sent via email to the Session organizer on March 18, 2019. This email will include instructions regarding submission of a full Special Session proposal.

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 Maty, PhD, CPH
School of Graduate Studies
National University of Natural Medicine
2220 SW 1st Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503-552-1753