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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INEP Statement on The Importance of Epidemiologists and Epidemiological Research in the Context of COVID-19 June 2020: Immediate, Intermediate and Long Term Research Priorities;

Please note the APHA Epidemiology Section is a founding member organization of the International Network for Epidemiology in Policy!

Below are selected quotes and a link to our full statement:

Official Statement of INEP Adopted 17 June, 2020

The International Network for Epidemiology in Policy (INEP) is a consortium of 24 epidemiological societies based around the globe.  INEP’s mission is to promote the use of integrity, equity, and evidence in health-related policy making.

Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and determinants of infectious or chronic diseases. The purpose of this letter is to highlight the role of epidemiologists in the generation of high-quality research to combat SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19. Several organizations are calling for such research to answer a multitude of pressing questions about the pandemic. These organizations include the Cochrane Collaboration, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, US National Institutes of Health, among others.

Carefully conceived and well-conducted epidemiological research offers an antidote to misinformation and disinformation about SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.

Epidemiologists are needed more than ever to provide unbiased evidence to counter conspiracy theories and false claims about the effectiveness of vaccines and Table 1 (in the full statement) lists a series of research priorities for epidemiologists during the pandemic. INEP encourages epidemiologists from around the world to form multidisciplinary partnerships and tackle these priorities

INEP calls on epidemiologists around the world to serve as voices of reason and moderation media or traditional media outlets such as radio, print, and television.

At the same time, epidemiologists should support free and open discussion/debate, rather than censorship, as the optimal means of engaging all relevant stakeholders in the formulation of policy.

Please visit our website for the complete statement, with a table listing of "Research Priorities for Epidemiologists" during the SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 Pandemic: Immediate, Intermediate and Long Term Priorities

Kindest regards,

Jim Gaudino
Past Chair, APHA Epidemiology Section & Treasurer and Co-founding member, INEP


Chair:  Christine Arcari, PhD, MPH

Chair-Elect:   Victor Ilegbodu, MD, PhD, MPH

Immediate Past-Chair:  Tiffany Gary-Webb, PhD, MHS

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

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

Nomination Chair: Tiffany Gary-Webb, PhD, MHS

Communications Chair:  Charlotte Hughes-Huntley, PhD, MPH

Connect Moderator:  Kayla Wilson, MPH, CPH

Web Editor: Kayla Wilson, MPH, CPH

Social Media Coordinator:  Charlotte Hughes-Huntley, PhD, MPH

Student Liaison: Felicia Setiono

Newsletter Editors:  Charlotte Hughes-Huntley, PhD, MPH

Award Chair:  Victor Ilegbodu, MD, PhD, MPH

Booth Coordinator: Victor Ilegbodu, MD, PhD, MPH

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

Mentoring Co-Chair:  Guang Xu, PhD, MPH

Policy Chair: Daniel O'Connell, JD, MPH, MScBMI, CPH

Secretary: Kayla Wilson, MPH, CPH 

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:

  • Toby Levin, PHD, MPH, CHES
  • Ambericent Cornett, MS, MPH, MBA-HCM
  • Suparna Navale, MS, MPH
  • Otto Ike, MPH, DHSc, PhDc
  • Daniel O'Connell, JD, MPH, MScBMI, CPH
  • Ogie Umasabor-Bubu, MD MPH CPH CIC
  • Timothy Sankary, MD, MPH
  • Kathryn Marwitz, PharmD, MPH
  • Arsham Alamian, PhD, MSc, FACE, FRSPH
  • Ketrell McWhorter, PhD, MBA, ACE-CPT, ACE-FNS
  • Fnu Namrata, BDS, MPH 

Section Councilors:

  • Kari-Ann Hunter, MBA
  • Ramzi Nahhas, PhD
  • Hoisum Nguyen, MPH
  • Adejare (Jay) Atanda, BDS, MPH, CPH
  • Kesha Baptist-Roberts, PhD, MPH
  • Jacketta Cobbs, PhD, MPH


  • 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.

Contact Erica Smith to learn more.

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 Tiffany Gary-Webb or Christine Arcari 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!