Presenter Information

The Call for Abstracts is now OPEN!

Submit an abstract to present at APHA's 2018 Annual Meeting and Expo. The deadlines to submit are Feb. 19-23 depending on the APHA Sponsored, Section, SPIG, Caucus or Forum call you submit to. The APHA 2018 theme is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now." Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts on the theme but all current and emerging public health issues are welcome.

How to Submit an Abstract (PPT)

Presenter Timeline

Dec. 18 APHA 2018 Call for Abstracts opens
Feb. 19-23      APHA 2018 Call for Abstracts closes
June 4 Email notification of abstract status
Registration and housing for APHA 2018 opens
July 21 Official APHA Acceptance Letter for Presenters Available in Speaker's Corner
Aug. 16 Pre-registration deadline for presenters
Nov. 1  Upload bio for oral presentations from Speaker's Corner
Upload oral presentation file from Speaker's Corner
Upload handouts from Speaker's Corner


The below guidelines contain important information needed for a successful presentation. For more information view our Frequently Asked Questions.

RAMP: Recorded Annual Meeting Presentations — During oral presentations, audio recordings of scientific sessions are synced with the corresponding PowerPoint presentations and cursor movements and are uploaded to the APHA website following the meetings. This digital library gives attendees the freedom to access presentations on-demand. Presenters have the ability to opt out of being recorded during the PowerPoint upload process. Purchase RAMP for APHA 2017, 2016 or 2015.

Presenter Registration

Presenter/Organizer/Moderator Policy - Presenters must be individual members of APHA. Session organizers, moderators and presenters are required to pay the appropriate registration fee (full or one-day). 

Registration for APHA 2018 will open in June. 

For your reference — APHA 2017 Registration Fees and Information:

One-Day Rates

Early Bird


Final After

Regular Member
$360  $385 $410
Discounted Regular (salary <$45,000)
 $105 $210 $235 $260
Retired  $95 $210 $235 $260
Student*  $85 $165 $190 $215
Early-Career Professional**  $130 $225 $250 $275
Full Conference Rates Membership
Early Bird
Final After
Regular Member $220 $515 $570 $630
Discounted Regular (salary < $45,000) $105 $300 $330 $365
Retired $95 $300 $330 $365
Student* $85 $235 $270 $270
Early Career Professional** $130 $325 $370 $415
Choose the Green Membership to save
$20 on the membership fees listed above

*Individuals must be enrolled in a degree program. Qualifying students should be taking at least 6 credit hours (undergraduate degree) or 3 credit hours (graduate degree) per semester or comparable credits in a quarter system.

**Person who graduated in the last 24 months and is transitioning into the workforce.

Speakers who fail to show up for their presentation without notifying the program planner (available soon) of cancellation will not be permitted to present papers or posters at any APHA-sponsored meeting for two years following the "no-show". 

Copyright Issues - If you are using materials in your presentation (pictures, charts, graphs, videos, etc.) that are not original work, remember to cite the original source. If you are drawing heavily on another source, it is your responsibility to seek permission from the original source to use the material.

Publication Rights - Abstracts submitted and accepted for the APHA Annual Meeting may not be presented at any other meeting or published in any journal prior to Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. If an author wants his or her paper published after the meeting, it is the author's responsibility to submit his/her paper to a journal for publication. Professional journals have their own format requirements and specifications for manuscripts. Consult the journal of your choice before submitting your paper. In general, all professional journals will reject manuscripts that are written in the informal manner of speech. Guidelines for manuscript submissions to the American Journal of Public Health.