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The Epidemiology Section fosters epidemiologic research and science-based public health practice. It serves 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.

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Chair: Victor Ilegbodu, MD, PhD, MPH

Chair-Elect: Suparna Navale, PhD, MPH, MS

Immediate Past-Chair: Christine Arcari, PhD, MPH

Program Committee Chair: Kesha Baptiste-Roberts, PhD, MPH

Program Co-Chair: Siobhan Maty, PhD, MPH, CPH

Nomination Chair: Christine Arcari, PhD, MPH

Communications Chair: Charlotte Hughes-Huntley, PhD, MPH

APHA LEAD Administrator: Sharonda M. Lovett, MPH, CPH, CHES

Web Editor: S. Hillary Kim-Vences, MD, MPH

Social Media Coordinator: Charlotte Hughes-Huntley, PhD, MPH and Tuhina Srivastara, MPH

Student Liaison: Sharonda M. Lovett, MPH, CPH, CHES

Newsletter Editors: Charlotte Hughes-Huntley, PhD, MPH and Felicia Setiono, PhD, MSPH

Award Chair: Suparna Navale, PhD, MPH, MS

Booth Coordinator: Rene Najera, MPH, DrPH

Mentoring Co-Chair: Toby Levin, PHD, MPH, CHES

Mentoring Co-Chair: Guang Xu, PhD, MPH

Secretary: S. Hillary Kim-Vences, MD, MPH

If you are interested in becoming involved in any of the above committees, please consider signing up here!

For leadership contact information, log in to APHA LEAD using your member credentials.

Governing Councilors:

  • Joel Begay
  • Ambericent Cornett
  • William Eger
  • Laurie Elam-Evans
  • Sonja Hutchins
  • Wiley D. Jenkins
  • Ketrell McWhorter (Whip)
  • Ramzi Nahhas
  • Timothy Sankary
  • Catherine Troisi
  • Guang Xu

Section Councilors:

  • Sara Abdalla
  • Gabriel Argueta
  • JacKetta Cobbs
  • Rene Najera
  • Sarah Nechuta
  • Phoebe Tran


  • Network with other epidemiologists.
  • Have an impact on national health policy supported by APHA.
  • Participate in Epidemiology Section leadership.
  • Influence the Epidemiology Section program at the APHA Annual Meeting.


Short on time? Consider other ways to be more involved in our Section:

  • Respond to an advocacy alert.
  • Post field-related information or opportunities on your online community/listserv.
  • Encourage a colleague to join APHA.
  • Review abstracts.
  • Join a committee (advocacy, communication, membership, etc.).
  • Participate in our monthly business meetings.

Epidemiology Section Awards:

The Epidemiology Section Awards are an opportunity to recognize Epidemiologists for major accomplishments and contributions to epidemiology and public health. Annually, the Epidemiology section presents four awards:

1. The Abraham Lilienfeld Award recognizes excellence in the teaching of epidemiology during the course of a career.

2. The Public Health Practice Award recognizes the use of epidemiologic methods in an innovative and creative public health program or project.

3. The John Snow Award recognizes an outstanding epidemiologist for excellence in epidemiologic practice or research.

4. The Wade Hampton Frost Lectureship Award recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to addressing a public health issue of major importance by applying epidemiologic methods.

To nominate someone for one of the above awards, please email Christine Arcari or Victor Ilegbodu with the nominee's name and CV.

Public Health Epidemiology Careers Podcast

Hosted by Dr. Charlotte H Huntley, this podcast explores the careers and experiences of epidemiologists in all stages of their careers. Subscribe, listen and enjoy weekly here!