CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA's 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo


Meeting theme: "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Preventing Violence"

Submission Deadline: Friday, February 28, 2020

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  APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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
  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Communicable (Infectious) Disease Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology & the Environment
  • Injury and Occupational Epidemiology
  • Lifecourse Epidemiology
  • MON: 10:30 -12:00 Virtual Career Panel
  • MON: 3:00-4:30 Virtual Epidemiology Section Awards
  • MON: A1 Oral Session
  • MON: A1 Poster Session
  • MON: A2 Oral Session
  • MON: B1 Career SPEED Mentoring
  • MON: B1 Oral Session
  • MON: B1 Poster Session - Late Breaker -Covid19
  • MON: B2 Oral Session - Conference Theme (Violence)
  • MON: B2 Poster Session
  • MON: B3 Poster Session
  • MON: C2 ORAL Session
  • MON: D2 ORAL Session
  • MON: Virtual A1 1:00-2:00 Poster Session
  • MON: Virtual A2 1:00 - 2:00pm Poster Session
  • MON: Virtual B2 ORAL Session
  • Molecular & Genetic Epidemiology
  • Non -Communicable (Chronic) Disease Epidemiology- NO Cancer
  • SUN Virtual: A1 3:30 -4:30 Poster Session - Late Breaker Covid19
  • SUN: A1 Poster Session
  • SUN: A2 Poster Session
  • SUN: B1 Poster Session (Meeting Theme- Violence)
  • SUN: B2 Poster Session
  • SUN: B3 Poster Session
  • Social Epidemiology
  • Tue: 1:00-2:30 C1 Virtual ORAL Session
  • Tue: 1:00-2:30 C2 Virtual ORAL Session
  • Tue: 3:00 -4:30 D1 Virtual ORAL Session
  • Tue: 5:00-6:30 E1 Virtual ORAL Session
  • Tue: 8:30 -10 Virtual A1 ORAL Session
  • Tue: 8:30-10 A2 Virtual ORAL Session
  • Tue: A1 Poster Session
  • Tue: A2 ORAL Session
  • Tue: B1 Oral Session
  • Tue: B2 ORAL Session
  • Tue: C2 ORAL Session
  • Tue: D1 ORAL Session
  • Tue: D2 ORAL Session
  • Tue: E1 ORAL Session
  • Tue: E2 ORAL Session
  • Violence
  • Wed: 10:30 -12:00 Virtual ORAL Session
  • Wed: A1 ORAL Session
  • Wed: A2 ORAL Session
  • Wed: A3 ORAL Session
  • Wed: B2 ORAL Session
  • Wed: B3 ORAL Session
  • Wed: C1 ORAL Session
  • Wed: C3 ORAL Session
  • Wed: C4 ORAL Session
  • Wed:C2 ORAL Session
  • 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 for presentation at the annual meeting are eligible to apply for the epidemiology student fellowship awards. You must indicate at the time of your submission that you are a student presenter and in the comment section,  you must include a brief description (1-2 sentences) of your research interests in order to receive an invitation to apply for the epidemiology student fellowship award.  Eligible students will be notified via e-mail and instructions to complete the epidemiology student fellowship application packet will be provided.  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 by Monday, March 2, 2020 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
  • Public Health Relevance of proposed session
  • Proposed organizer (if different from key contact), presider(s) (if any), discussant (if any) and speakers for each presentation
    • Sessions should have NO more than four presentations(speakers)
  • Proposed titles for each presentation
  • Proposed order for presentations

Notification of approval will be sent via email to the Session organizer on March 20, 2020. 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:

Siobhan C. Maty, PhD, CPH
Helfgott Research Institute
National University of Natural Medicine
2220 SW 1st Avenue
Portland, OR 97201

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