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The Final Deadline for Submissions is Friday, April 13, 2018»

Asia is the fastest-growing and most dynamic region in the world, but government spending on public health is low and is often not focused on those who need it most. For many in the region, personal health expenses are a major cause of poverty. Another major challenge facing Asia is disease control and prevention. Public health challenges that will be addressed are the need for improved nursing care for the aging nations, fighting Neglected Tropical Diseases, such as Liver Fluke in Thailand and improving access to safe drinking water, hygiene and sanitation in South Asia.

COPHA 2018 is being held in partnership with the 2nd Asian Symposium on Health Informatics and Nursing Education (SHINE 2018) and the 3rd Asian Conference on Urban Planning and Sustainable Cities (UP-City 2018). In addition to this conference participants will have an opportunity to visit Hiroshima Peace Park and the famous shrine island of Miyajima — both Peace Park and Miyajima are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These paired events will provide a multidisciplinary platform for discussing a range of issues confronting public health around Asia and beyond for academics and researchers; students/trainees; policy-makers, administrators and managers; health promotion workers; social workers; people working in urban, rural, remote and small communities and anyone with an interest in improving the quality of public health either locally or globally.

Below, we discuss the most prevalent health issues Asia today.  The Final Deadline for Submissions has been extended to Friday, April 6, 2018:

  • Access to Healthcare
  • Aging and Public Health
  • Communicable Diseases
  • Community Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Epidemiology
  • Food Safety
  • Health Economics
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Mental and Behavioral Health
  • Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • Parasitology and Public Health
  • Nurses in Public Health
  • Nutrition and Malnutrition
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Sustainable Development
  • Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
  • Other areas (please specify)


  1. Abstracts must be a maximum of 250 words and must be submitted through the online system.
  2. We encourage work that introduces new ideas and conceptualizations, research and understandings to the field, as well as analysis of both success and failure.
  3. Submission of an abstract carries with it the obligation to give a presentation in the designated manner assigned by the Review Committee. Permission to publish the abstract of the paper in the conference program is implied.
  4. An individual cannot present another person’s paper, if their name is not listed as an author on the abstract.
  5. Submissions derived from plagiarized or copyrighted research will automatically be rejected.
  6. If the submitted research paper or results have been previously published in another journal, it will not be accepted.


  1. Presenters will be allotted 25 minutes to present depending on the format and including time for comments and questions.
  2. Seating arrangement for oral presentations will be theater style with a table at the front.
  3. Computers, projectors and screens will be provided in each presentation room.
  4. Please prepare an extra copy of your presentation on a USB Drive.


  1. Posters must be size A0 (A Zero). Common dimensions for posters are A0 47 x 33 inches (118cm x 84cm). Poster boards mounted on stands will be provided with tape and tacks.
  2. Poster materials should include the title of the presentation and the list of authors. Bring all illustrations needed — figures, tables, color photographs, charts.
  3. Poster material should be well labeled and easy to read from a distance of one meter. Lettering should be bold. If you will be posting typed material, use a large font size (24 to 30 pt) on white, pale yellow or cream-colored non-glossy paper. Avoid use of non-standard fonts. Use 1-inch margins. Use upper and lower case letters.
  4. No audiovisual equipment is permitted for poster presentations.


In our effort to assist participants with accepted proposals who are unable to attend due to travel problems, a schedule conflict, illness, etc., we have a limited number of virtual panel time slots available. The virtual presentations are screened to the participants during the poster session or during recess periods.

Guidelines and instructions will be sent by the organizing committee on a case-by-case basis. Virtual presenters will receive a certificate of presentation in PDF only and will be listed in the proceedings as a virtual presenter. If you have a proposal that has been accepted, but are unable to attend, kindly contact the secretariat.


This is an international, peer-reviewed event. The abstract is scored using a rubric that assessed areas such as originality, clarity/organization, spelling/grammar and suitability for the event.

Please note that only the abstracts undergo a peer-review. The Proceedings are not peer-reviewed, only the abstract review for participation in this event. The Proceedings will be available shortly after the conclusion of the event.

Full Papers are not peer-reviewed nor required; however, if you would like to submit a paper it must be less than 2500 words and sent in Word format (PDF is not accepted) with a maximum file size of 1.5 MB by the deadline. Correct spelling, grammar and punctuation is the responsibility of the author. Use of the Full Paper Template is absolutely required. Papers submitted differently will be rejected.

Click here to download the template: COPHA 2018 Full Paper Template

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Do you have a question about submissions?

Contact us by sending an E-mail to the following address: secretariat(at)