The following are the proposed theme areas to be covered during the two days of the conference. A keynote speaker will present the opening comments and a call for abstracts will provide the remaining talks slotted under each of the themes.
Session I: The Here and Now – Applied Epidemiology is rich with examples of outbreak investigations, surveillance of disease, understanding risk factors or causal factors of health-related outcomes, health program evaluation, and more.
Session II: Lost in Translation – The two main barriers to the use of scientific evidence for decision makers are volume and complexity. The main methodologies for integrating epidemiologic data have been progressing over the last 20 years to include risk assessments, systematic reviews, mixed methodologies and public health observatories. Applied epidemiology requires that we move beyond data generation to incorporate active and effective risk communication and develop evidence based public and animal health programs with subsequent evaluation of their effectiveness.
Session III: Advancing Applied Epidemiology – Recently a collaborative working group consisting of federal, state and local public health agencies in the United States, national professional groups and schools of public health created a document detailing a checklist of competencies that all applied epidemiologists should develop during different stages of their training and careers. With advances in technologies occurring daily, weekly and yearly, epidemiologists working in applied fields must be adaptable to new methodologies.
Session IV: Training Applied Epidemiologists – Courses aimed at training epidemiologists with an applied focus teach these principle concepts: basic epidemiologic principles and statistical analysis, public health surveillance, field investigations, surveys and sampling, and the epidemiologic aspects of current major public and animal health problems. Training courses involve experiential learning, in-class lecturing or online learning pedagogies.