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: Tiffany Gary-Webb, PhD, MHS

Chair-Elect: Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson, PhD, MPH

Immediate Past-Chair: Laurie Elam-Evans, PhD, MPH

Membership Chair: Erica Smith, MPH

Award Chairs: Tiffany Gary-Webb, PhD, MHS & Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson, PhD, MPH

Booth Coordinator: Kristen Cowan, MPH

Communications Chairs:  Charlotte Huntley, PhD, MPH

Mentoring Chairs: Marian Passannante, PhD & Christine Arcari, PhD, MPH

Nomination Chair: Laurie Elam-Evans, PhD, MPH

Policy Chairs: Kathryn Marwitz, PharmD, MPH

Policy Coordinator: Sonja Hutchins, MD, MPH, DrPH, FACPM

Program Committee Chair: Kesha Baptiste-Roberts, MPH, PhD & Siobhan Maty, PhD, MPH

Secretary: Ketrell McWhorter, PhD, MBA

Social Media Coordinator: Charlotte Huntley, MPH, PhD

Student Liason: Raihan Khan, MPH, CPH, MBBS

Web Editor: Charlotte Huntley, PhD, MPH

Connect Moderator: Ketrell McWhorter, PhD, MBA

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

Governing Councilors:

  • Angel B Algarin, MPH
  • Maleeka Glover, ScD MPH
  • Noel Barengo, MD, MPH, PhD
  • Otto Ike, MPH, DHSc, PhDc
  • Padma Sreenivasan, MSc, MA, DRPH
  • Rebecca Ortego
  • Victor A Ilegbodu, MD, PhD, MPH
  • Russel McIntire, PhD, MPH
  • Dipesh Patel
  • Timothy Sankary, MD, MPH

Section Councilors:

  • Toby Levin, PhD, MPH, CHES
  • Kari-Ann Hunter, MBA
  • Ramzi W. Nahhas, PhD
  • Thomas Nuno, BS MA PhD
  • Kesha A. Baptiste-Roberts, MPH, PhD
  • Kristin Cowan, 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.

For leadership contact information, log into APHA Connect using your member credentials.

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 Shawnita Sealy-Jefferson 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!