Epidemiology Section

The Epidemiology Section fosters epidemiologic research and science-based public health practice. Its purpose is to help keep section members aware of the latest development and issues and to provide a means for those working in this area to network and interact with peers and to contribute to the body of scientific knowledge. Annual workshops and quarterly webinars are provided to develop job related skills. Each year, the section recognizes one of their peers with the Janet Stancliff Award for outstanding contributions in support of community epidemiologists throughout Georgia.


Chair – Rachel Franklin
Vice Chair – Skyler Brennan
Secretary – Deanna Crosby

Click here to contact the section chair.

Epidemiology Section Webinars

Previous Webinars

Conference Abstract Writing & Poster Creation

In October 2022, the GPHA Epidemiology Section hosted a webinar entitled “Conference Abstract Writing & Poster Creation.” The webinar was presented by Dr. Cherie Drenzek, DVM, MS, State Epidemiologist & Chief Science Officer at the Georgia Department of Public Health.

If you’d like to submit an abstract to present at a public health conference one day – whether for the first time, or the 50th time! – this webinar can help you improve your abstract and give you an even better chance for success.

You can watch a recording of the webinar and/or download the webinar slides using the links below:

Fowl Play Holiday

The GPHA Epidemiology section presented a webinar in May of 2018 entitled “Fowl Play Holiday.” The webinar detailed a food-borne illness outbreak and investigation, and was presented by Melissa Hunter, MPH, Epidemiology and STD Program Director at the Rome Health District, and Hope Dishman, MPH, Outbreak Coordinator at Georgia Department of Public Health.

The webinar was recorded, and you can access the 23-minute recording by clicking the button below:

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