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Mission & History


SHEA's mission is to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections and advance the field of healthcare epidemiology.

SHEA has helped define best practices in healthcare epidemiology worldwide since its founding in 1980.

SHEA is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of healthcare epidemiology and preventing and controlling morbidity, mortality, and the cost of care linked to healthcare-associated infections. The society partners with epidemiologists, infectious disease practitioners, basic scientists, public health specialists, consumers, policymakers, and others, to achieve better healthcare outcomes.

SHEA’s expertise is sought by healthcare regulatory and accrediting agencies and its scientific voice guides decision-making bodies in developing rational, effective, and cost-conscious public policies.

Core Values

SHEA as an organization

  • Advances the science of healthcare epidemiology through research and education.

  • Translates knowledge into effective policy and practice.

  • Mentors, trains and promotes professional development in healthcare epidemiology.

  • Collaborates and shares expertise with other organizations.

  • Adheres to high ethical standards and promotes honesty and ethical principles in the practice of epidemiology.

  • Bylaws (PDF) – SHEA Bylaws outline the governing structure of the organization, member categories and roles and responsibilities of the elected Board of Trustees.

  • SHEA Past Presidents – View a list of past SHEA Presidents since the Society’s creation in 1980

  • Past SHEA Lectureship Awardees – Names of past SHEA Lectureship award recipients.

  • Past SHEA Award Winners – Lists past recipients of the SHEA Investigator Award, Pediatric Investigator Award, Mentor-Scholar Award, International Award, Advanced Practice Infection Preventionist Award, Barry Farr Award and William Jarvis Award

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