The International Health Section was founded in 1976 to provide leadership and a focus on international public health issues within the American Public Health Association (APHA). It is governed by an elected leadership that directs the Section’s involvement in international health issues through APHA activities including: development of APHA’s Annual Meeting program; drafting relevant resolutions for support by APHA; participation on various APHA Boards and Councils; and other related activities. You can read more about the section’s history here.

The Section is an active community of international health professionals engaged in networking, policy development, and sharing scientific knowledge and experience with peers as well as increasingly in advocacy and public education. We have built relationships with other sections to promote global health throughout APHA.

The International Health section’s members are a broad range of international health professionals from students to professors, interns to program directors, and authorities on many aspects of international health.

Section Officers (elected to two-year terms)

Section Councilors (elected to three-year terms)

  • Jessica Keralis (2016)
  • Michelle Odlum (2016)
  • Christopher Ibanga (2017)
  • Mark Strand (2017)
  • Kerry Bruce (2018)
  • Cindy Sousa (2018)

Governing Councilors (elected to two-year terms)

  • Ramin Asgary (2017)
  • Malcolm Bryant (2016)
  • Carol Dabbs (2016)
  • Oscar Cordon Cruz (2016)
  • Caroline Kingori (Governing Council Whip; 2016)
  • Padmini Murthy (2016)
  • Gopal Sankaran (2016)

IH section leadership meet each year in business meetings at the APHA Annual Meeting.

Members of the IH section leadership hold conference calls every other month to discuss section business and address any pertinent issues. If you would like to raise a question, suggestion, or concern, please contact a member of leadership listed above and ask him or her to raise it during one of the calls.


Working Groups

APHA-Wide Responsibilities

Last updated: 07 November 2015
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