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Continuing Education at the APHA Annual Meeting

The 2014 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA offers professionals and practitioners the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and exchange information on best practices, latest research and new trends in public health. The Annual Meeting provides more educational offerings in public health than any other event.

Registrants may earn continuing education (CE) credits for specific professional disciplines at Scientific Sessions and Pre-Convention Learning Institutes (LIs).

Scientific Session - Hundreds of scientific sessions will be awarded contact hour credits for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES), Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES), Continuing Medical Education (CME) Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) and Certified in Public Health (CPHCE).

Learning Institute Courses - For an additional cost APHA also offers half or full day Learning Institute Courses (LIs) on the Saturday and Sunday prior to the Annual Meeting.

You must be registered for the conference or the LIs to receive credit.

APHA has found that the continuing education component of its Annual Meeting is compliant with the accreditation criteria of each of the following accrediting bodies. For further information, refer to the printed Annual Meeting program tab labeled, Continuing Education, or contact the education staff at

  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)and Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) - The APHA is accredited by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc., to sponsor continuing education for Certified and Master Certified Health Education Specialists. The APHA Annual Meeting is a designated program/activity for the CHES and MCHES to receive Category 1 credits in health education. The 90-minute scientific sessions earn 1.5 CHEC credits.
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) - The APHA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APHA Annual Meeting is a designated program/activity for the AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The 90-minute scientific sessions earn 1.5 hours AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
  • Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) - The APHA/PHN Section is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
  • Certified in Public Health (CPH) - The APHA is an approved provider of certified in public health continuing education credit by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

One continuing education credit is earned for every 60-minutes of educational content. The scientific sessions earn 1.5 credits.

APHA abides by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's Standards for Commercial Support


CME, CNE, CHES/MCHES, CPH Credits Available

Pre-Conference LIs - Maximum 12 credits
See above for more information on LIs
 Saturday, November 15  6 hours
 Sunday, November 16  6 hours
Scientific Sessions - Maximum 19.5 credits
Earn 1.5 credits for each 90 minute scientific session
 Monday, November 17  7.5 hours
 Tuesday, November 18   7.5 hours
 Wednesday, November 19   4.5 hours


Full program descriptions, abstracts learning objectives, faculty, tentative agendas and disclosure information for each session and Learning Institute course can be found in the Online Program.

The online meeting program is updated periodically. A list of specific sessions that have been awarded credit will be available in the Online Program in early September.

Note: Not all scientific sessions are awarded contact hour credit. Check the Online Program or stop by the CE Booth at the Annual Meeting for the most up to date session status.

Obtaining CE Credit for CME, CNE, M/CHES, CPH
Access to the Online CE Evaluation System is generated by payment of the Access Fee. In order to receive a certificate of continuing education credit, an Online Evaluation must be completed for each session or institute attended. The CE fee covers all CE contact hour credits for both the Learning Institute courses and the Annual Meeting scientific sessions

Registrants can earn continuing education contact hour credits in Health Education (CHES and MCHES),  Nursing (CNE), Medicine (CME for physicians and non-physicians) and Public Health (CPH) during the Annual Meeting. The Continuing Education (CE) access fee is  $50 fee for the 1st discipline and $10 for each additional discipline (Example:  CME $50 + CPH $10 = $60 total). Payment of the access fee must be made before the close of on-site registration on November 19, 2013. No refunds will be given.

Click here for instructions on how to obtain CME, CNE, CHES, MCHES and CPH credits


Obtaining Continuing Education Credits for other Disciplines
While APHA is not an accredited provider of continuing education credits for the following professions, we provide this information to assist those who are interested in pursuing credits directly from their professional accrediting bodies:

Oral Health CE Credits:  TBD
QUAD Council Activity: TBD

Social Work - In selected states, the APHA Annual Meeting activity can be used towards Category 2 CE credits. It is the responsibility of the individual to contact their state chapter to see if it applies to them. Contact or your state chapter.

Note:  APHA is not responsible for providing continuing education credit and/or information for any discipline other than medicine, nursing, health education and public health. You do NOT need to pay the access fee for Social Work. 

If you have any questions, contact Annette Ferebee at

Educational Purpose

The educational purpose of the 2014 APHA Annual Meeting is to offer professionals and practitioners the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, improve their skills, exchange information on best practices, and learn strategies to incorporate incorporate the latest research and new trends in their practice.  The theme of the meeting is Healthography:  How where you live affects your health and well-being.   

Educational Objectives

  • To address the gap between public health practitioners’ knowledge and performance as it relates to how where you live affects the health and well-being of the population
  • To define the roles of the public health community in responding to the influences of geography, social and physical environments
  • To increase knowledge of public health issues as it relates to geography, social and physical environments.
  • To identify best practices in addressing public health issues as it relates to geography, social and physical environments..
  • To improve the competencies of public health practitioners through skill building

Learning Needs and Identified Gaps
Through multiple mechanisms, including needs assessment surveys, the judgment of the APHA Education Board, and input from the Continuing Education Committee, APHA has identified a gap in public health practitioners’ competency in the affects of geography, social and physical environmental factors as it relates to knowledge of best practices that can be applied to communities to effect health status. This Annual Meeting will address the professional practice gap between practitioners’ knowledge of geography, social and physical environments affect on health status,   best practices and strategies to translate those best practices into use in areas such as applied epidemiology or biostatistics, health policy, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health.

Target Audience
Policy makers, physicians, social workers, health educators, public and environmental health professionals, students, international, federal, state, county, and local health agency officials and staff, nurses and nurse practitioners, health care providers, school health personnel and teachers, managed care group personnel, personnel and faculty from academia, administration and research.

Commercial Support
This educational activity does not currently have any commercial support.

Conflict of Interest
Program Planners: Non of the planners have any conflicts of interest to disclose as it relates to this educational activity.
Presenters: Individual presenters disclosure of conflict of interest can be viewed for each presentation in the Final Program, and accessed through the Online Program.

View APHA Continuing Education Policies.


 All continuing education questions can be answered by staff at the CE Booth during the annual meeting and/or by contacting: Evangeline Savage at or 202-777-2523.