Welcome to the AAP Section on Epidemiology, Public Health, and Evidence (SOEPHE).
SOEPHE serves as a home at the AAP to support pediatricians with interests in public health and epidemiology and/or who work as public health professionals. Our membership encompasses primary care and pediatric subspecialties, academic medicine, and private practice, and public health and various research fields.

Our mission is to improve the health of children by:

  1. providing methodological support for AAP efforts to produce evidence-based practice guidelines
  2. mentoring and educating pediatricians on the use of epidemiologic and evidence-based medicine principles in the practice of pediatrics and public health.

As a SOEPHE member, you will be invited to participate in review of AAP documents including clinical guidelines, statements, and policies. Our Section members participate in these reviews to ensure adherence to an evidence based approach, with appropriate consideration of public health practice and principles. You will also hear about AAP elections and conferences, and you will receive our News Brief by email.

In the area of public health and population health, SOEPHE members advocate for the AAP and its members to recognize their roles in the broader population and environmental context that determines health of children. As a Section member, you are able to join the Prevention and Public Health Special Interest Group (SIG), a group jointly supported by SOEPHE and the Council on Community Pediatrics (COCP). This group provides educational and networking opportunities for members.

The Section Executive Committee meets twice a year, in the spring at Pediatric Academic Society Annual Meeting and in the fall at AAP National Conference and Exhibition. We have an annual business meeting for the Section at that meeting as well. If you have ideas to expand or improve upon our mission, please let us know – my email is listed below.

We hope you find membership in SOEPHE rewarding and we look forward to working with you!

Michael J Smith MD, MSCE