Continuing Education at the APHA Annual Meeting

The APHA Annual Meeting 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 credits for specific professional disciplines at Scientific Sessions and Pre-Convention Learning Institutes. By evaluating a session for CE, you are attesting that you participated in real time and for the full duration.

Scientific Sessions — 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), Certified in Public Health (CPHCE) and Veterinary (VET).

Learning Institute Courses — For an additional cost APHA also offers half- or full-day Learning Institute Courses, or 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's continuing education component of its Annual Meeting is compliant with the accreditation criteria of four accrediting bodies. For further information, refer to the online Annual Meeting section labeled Continuing Education, or contact the education staff. 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® and CPH Credits Available 
Pre-Conference LIs
Scientific Sessions 

Full program descriptions, abstract 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 for the most up to date session status.

Obtaining CE Credit for CME, CNE, MCHES®/CHES®, CPH, VET

In order to access  the Online CE Evaluation System you have to register to receive CE. 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. FYI: APHA is not accredited by individual states to offer CE credits; therefore no state provider numbers are available. Meeting registrants are responsible for verifying whether CE credits offered by APHA can be used toward maintenance of their license or certification.

CE Registrants can earn continuing education contact hour credits in Health Education (CHES® and MCHES®),  Nursing (CNE), Medicine (CME for physicians and non-physicians), Public Health (CPH) and Veterinary (VET) during the Annual Meeting.

How to obtain CME, CNE, VET, CHES®, MCHES,® 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:

Social Work

In selected states, the APHA Annual Meeting activity can be used toward Category 2 CE credits. It is the responsibility of the individual to contact his/her state chapter to see if it applies. 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. Questions? Contact Mighty Fine.

Educational Purpose

The educational purpose of the 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 the latest research and new trends in their practice. 

Educational Objectives

  • To address the gap between public health practitioners’ knowledge and performance as it relates to developing and implementing policies that demonstrate a collaborative approach to preventing violence and advancing health equity.
  • To define the roles of the public health community in working together to promote health equity as public health policies and programs are developed and implemented.
  • To increase knowledge of the public health community to incorporate health equity, and violence prevention principles into specific policies, programs, and processes,
  • To identify methods to embed health equity and violence prevention considerations into government decision-making processes.
  • To identify best practices in developing and implementing strategies that address violence. 
  • 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 area of developing and implementing policies that demonstrate a collaborative approach to improving the health of all people.  The APHA Annual Meeting will address gaps in knowledge of the public health community to incorporate health, equity, and sustainability into specific policies, programs, and processes, and to embed health, equity, and sustainability considerations into government decision-making processes.

Target Audience

Policymakers, 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: None of the planners have any conflicts of interest to disclose as it relates to this educational activity.

Presenters: Disclosure of conflict of interest for individual presenters 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 by contacting: Charlene Bright via email or 202-777-2491.