CALL FOR ABSTRACTS — APHA 2023 Annual Meeting and Expo


Meeting theme: "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Overcoming Social and Ethical Challenges"

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2023

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

The Epidemiology Section invites abstract submissions and Special Session proposals to present results of scientific research and programs related to epidemiology during the 2023 APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition from November 12 - 15, 2023, in Atlanta, Georgia.



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

Abstract Topic 

Abstract authors are invited to submit research related to the main conference theme ("Creating the Healthiest Nation: Overcoming Social and Ethical Challenges"). However, all areas of Epidemiology will be considered. Please choose a topic area from the list below that most closely aligns with the primary subject of your abstract.

  • Cancer Epidemiology
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Communicable (Infectious) Disease Epidemiology (NO respiratory conditions)
  • Creating the Healthiest Nation: Overcoming Social and Ethical Challenges
    2023 Meeting Theme
  • Environmental Epidemiology
    Epidemiologic research on the effects of the environment on human health.
  • Epidemiology Methods
  • Epidemiology of Behavioral Health Conditions (mental health and substance use disorders)
  • Epidemiology of Health-Related Behaviors
  • Epidemiology of Respiratory Conditions (SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), Tuberculosis (TB), Influenza, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), and/or Other Respiratory Infections)
  • Genetic and Molecular Epidemiology
  • Injury and Occupational Epidemiology
  • Non-Communicable (Chronic) Disease Epidemiology (NO Cancer)
  • Social Epidemiology
    Epidemiology of the social, societal, and structural determinants of health and health equity across the life course.
  • Student Fellowship Award Abstracts
  • Other Topics in Epidemiology

Abstract Format 

Abstract text must be limited to 250 words. Abstracts must include the following elements (please include these section headings in your abstract text):

  • Background
  • Objective(s)
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion   

Please review the following sample of resources for assistance with writing your abstract:

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 alongside other posters and should be available to answer questions throughout the scheduled 60-minute session. The program committee reserves the right to make all final decisions in designating abstracts as oral or poster presentations.   



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

If you are interested in organizing a Special Session, please submit a brief description of the proposed session to by 11:59 pm (PST) on Friday, March 31, 2023 for pre-review and approval. This short proposal (no more than two pages in length) should include: 

  • Name and complete contact information for key contact (organizer) for Special Session
  • Tentative title for the overall Session
  • Session objectives
  • Public health relevance of proposed Session
  • Name and complete contact information for presider(s) and/or and discussant(s) (if any)
  • Name and complete contact information for proposed speakers for each presentation
  • Proposed titles for each presentation
  • Proposed order for presentations
  • Sessions should have NO more than four presentations

Please do NOT submit individual abstracts for these Special Session presentations through the main APHA abstract submission site. 

Notification of status of preliminary proposals will be sent via email to the Special Session key contact (organizer) by Friday, April 14, 2023. If your preliminary proposal is approved, this email also will include instructions for submission of a full Special Session proposal.



APHA values the ability to provide continuing education credit at its annual meeting to those certified in public health as well as physicians, nurses, health educators, and social workers. These credits are necessary for members to keep their licenses and credentials. 

When submitting your abstract or Special Session proposals, please complete all required information needed for your presentation to be considered for Continuing Education credit. This information includes:

  • 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).
  • At least ONE measurable learning 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). 
  • A signed web-based Conflict of Interest (Disclosure) form.
  • Relevant qualification statement. An example of an acceptable Qualification Statement is available on the APHA website (online Disclosure form).  
    • A relevant qualification statement is a valid statement of your qualification(s) to present the material in your abstract. Please add sufficient and appropriate information about your experience, expertise and background. 
    • 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.
    • 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.

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 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.



All students who submit an abstract for presentation at the annual meeting in the Epidemiology Section scientific program are eligible to apply for an Epidemiology Student Fellowship Award.

To receive an invitation to apply for the award you must:

  • Indicate that you are a student presenter at the time of your abstract submission
  • Include a brief description (1-2 sentences) of your research interests in the comment section
  • Submit your abstract under the “Student Fellowship Award” topic. 

Eligible students will be notified via e-mail and provided instructions to complete the Epidemiology Student Fellowship Award application.

Award winners will be notified prior to the annual meeting and will be required to present their abstracts at the meeting. 


                   Thank you for considering the APHA Epidemiology Section!


Program Planner Contact Information:

Kesha A. Baptiste-Roberts, PhD, MPH


Siobhan Maty, PhD, MPH, CPH


Orion McCotter, MPH