Each fall, the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis hosts a popular and informative annual conference.

The Institute for Public Health Annual Conference is a great way to get to know the institute and learn more about primary public health topics affecting our community, our state and the globe.

The conference features an introduction by the university chancellor and Institute for Public Health Director, William G. Powderly, MD regarding the latest institute news and public health findings, issues and advocacy.

The audience participates in panel discussions with the invited speakers and topic experts from St. Louis and beyond.

Following are poster presentations which are judged and prizes awarded. Attendees also have the opportunity to network with speakers and panelists, poster presenters, and fellow students or colleagues.

Among other timely issues, past conference topics have included: infant and maternal health outcomes, action toward health equity, evidence-based public health, mental health and obesity as a core public health issues.

2022 Annual Conference

Health as a Human Right

Our 15th Annual Conference took place on October 26, 2022. We explored the concept of health as a human right and how health affects the enjoyment of our human rights, while a lack of access to human rights can affect our health.

Past annual conferences

Transforming Public Health: Learning from the Past, Preparing for the Future

Covid-19 Pandemic: Response, Lessons Learned and Recovery
2020 Conference Details

Healthy Moms and Babies: Paving the Path to Reproductive Equity
2019 Conference Details

Action Toward Health Equity: Conversations with Local Leaders
2018 Conference Details

Why Science Matters: The Case for Evidence-Based Public Health
2017 Conference Details

Mental Health is Public Health: Innovative Approaches to Behavioral Resilience
2016 Conference Details

Prepared for Peril: Readiness and Recovery for Public Health Threats
2015 Conference Details

Public Good & Individual Choice: Navigating the Complexities of Public Health in a Modern Society
2014 Conference Details

Weighing In: The Public Health Impact & Promise of Science in Addressing Obesity
2013 Conference Details

Addressing the Public Health Challenges of the 21st Century
2012 Conference Details

Beyond Borders: Transforming Health at Home and Abroad
2011 Conference Details

Reducing Disparities on National and State Levels
2010 Conference Details

Multidisciplinary Approaches to Eliminate Disparities
2009 Conference Details

Inaugural Institute for Public Health Symposium
2008 Conference Details