Ten-Day Seminar
on the Epidemiology and Prevention
of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke 2018

Granlibakken Conference Center | Tahoe City, California
July 22–August 3, 2018
American Heart Association | Ten-Day Seminar 2017

Call for Applications

The 2017 call for applications opens December 12, 2016 and closes April 5, 2017.

Consideration for selection requires that the following documents be submitted electronically.

  • Completed and signed application form at councilawards.heart.org
    • Under “Links for Applications and Nominations" select "Apply for Award or Fellowship." Then, open the drop box and select "U.S. Ten Day Seminar on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke".
  • Letter of nomination from a sponsor well acquainted with the candidate’s experience and interest. The sponsor must be from the candidate’s institution and indicate the availability of financial support for travel and accommodations.
  • A letter prepared by the candidate stating the basis for his/her interest in the seminar.
  • The candidate’s curriculum vitae.
Note: Application represents a commitment to participate if accepted in the full program Sunday evening, July 23, through Friday evening, August 4, 2017. Plan to depart on Saturday, August 5.

Course Description

The Ten Day Seminar is a unique program for physicians, researchers, public health practitioners, nurses, and other health care professionals designed to provide training in new areas of investigation and application of new methods related to the promotion of cardiovascular health and prevention of heart disease and stroke, including descriptive epidemiology, quality of care and outcomes research, genetic epidemiology, policy, and environmental approaches to health.

The overall goal of the conference is to enhance the ability of participants to pursue successful careers related to the epidemiology and prevention of heart disease and stroke, and the promotion of cardiovascular health through development of competencies related to grant writing, manuscript development, teaching, and clinical and public health practice. A select faculty of epidemiologists, biostatisticians and prevention researchers will use interactive learning techniques; including lectures, small group discussions, and tutorial sessions illustrating basic principles of cardiovascular disease and stroke epidemiology, and prevention, and their applications. There will be extensive group participation.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the program, healthcare professionals, researchers, and public health practitioners and nurses should be able to:

  • Incorporate into research, teaching and/or practice, an increased understanding of the nature of cardiovascular health (CVH) and cardiovascular diseases (CVD), especially coronary heart disease and stroke, and epidemiologic approaches to the investigation of these diseases.
  • Improve research productivity by applying the major epidemiologic approaches to the investigation of current research questions through collaborative, multidisciplinary development of research proposals.
  • Demonstrate in grant writing, publications, teaching and practice an enhanced ability to critically evaluate epidemiologic evidence.
  • Analyze study designs required to test specific hypotheses related to the distribution, risk factors and prognosis of heart disease and stroke in the population
  • Identify federal and foundation grant resources for carrying out cardiovascular disease epidemiology research
  • Increase activity in relevant cardiovascular health policy advocacy by acting on improved ability to recognize and evaluate the epidemiologic basis for policy and practice in CVD prevention and CVH promotion.


Candidates will ordinarily be at the postdoctoral level and at a point in their careers at which the acquired research knowledge and skills will be used in the near term. Candidates at the master level will be considered based on having the experience and scope of responsibility to enable them to make a significant contribution to the promotion of cardiovascular health or the prevention of cardiovascular disease.  Such candidates may include professionals engaged in public health practice at the local, state, or federal level as well as research professionals.

The program/content is designed for a U.S.-based/North American audience therefore a preference is shown to residents of the United States. For information on the International Seminar, contact the International Seminar coordinator, Kay-Tee Khaw February, 15, 2017. The 49th Ten-Day International Teaching Seminar on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention will be held June 3-16, 2017 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Seminar Fees

There are no registration fees to attend this program.


Cost is approximately $3,109.70 per person for 13 nights, single occupancy for a standard room or a private room in a townhouse.

Fellows are welcome to bring family members, children and guests. The rate for guests who are sharing your room is $919.71 or $80.80 per day, per person. Children’s Rate is $650.67 per child when sharing the same room as parent paying the single rate or $60.46 per day per child.  This rate applies to ages 3-16. There is no charge for children 2 and under.  Information on family activities can be found on the Granlibakken website (opens in new window).

Please note that upon acceptance to the program you will be sent a link to reserve your accommodations. These rates are based on availability.  The cost for a studio is $500 more and you will be asked to pay the extra $500 if the townhome and standard rooms are sold out.

All participants, including faculty, are required to reside at the Seminar location, the Granlibakken Conference Center and Lodge. The faculty considers it most important that fellows and faculty dine and work together, often continuing discussions through meal times.

Accepted applicants for the 2017 program must make their reservations by June 23, 2017.


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by American Heart Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

AMA Credit Designation Statement - Physicians
The American Heart Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 53.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*AMA Credit must be claimed within 6 months of attendance. Credit will no longer be available to claim after February 4, 2018.

AAPA Credit Acceptance Statement – Physician Assistants
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 53.75 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

AANP Credit Acceptance Statement – Nurse Practitioners
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

ANCC Credit Designation Statement - Nurses
The maximum number of hours awarded for this CE activity is 53.75 contact hours.

*ANCC Credit must be claimed within 6 months of attendance. CME/CE will no longer be available to claim after February 4, 2018.

Disclosure Policy
All persons who develop and/or control educational content in CME/CE activities provided by the American Heart Association will disclose to the audience all financial relationships with any commercial supporters of this activity as well as with other commercial interests whose lines of business are related to the CME/CE-certified content of this activity. In addition, presenters will disclose unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices discussed in their presentations. Such disclosures will be made in writing in course presentation materials.

Travel Stipends

  • General Travel Stipend: A limited number of stipends may be available to assist with partial travel costs for fellows and trainees pending funding.
  • Minority Travel Stipend: A limited number of stipends covering travel and lodging may be available for eligible minority participants (African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans). To be eligible, the candidate must be either a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States.

Interested/qualified applicants must select either General Travel Stipend or Minority Travel Stipend on the application and submit a letter of request at the time of application. Please title letter "Stipend Request". If partial support is necessary, it is important to acknowledge financial need at the time of initial application. It may not be possible to honor requests received at a later date.

2017 Faculty

Cheryl A. M. Anderson, PhD, MPH, MS, FAHA, Seminar Director
Alice Ammerman, DrPH
Alain G. Bertoni, MD, MPH, FAHA
Mercedes Carnethon, PhD, FAHA
Michael H. Criqui, MD, MPH, FAHA
Henry A. Feldman, PhD
Janet E. Fulton, PhD
David C. Goff, MD, PhD, FAHA, FACP
Kathleen L. Grady, PhD, RN, FAAN
George Howard, DrPH
Robert M. Kaplan, PhD
Darwin R. Labarthe, MD, MPH, PhD, FAHA
Cora E. Lewis, MD, MSPH, FACP, FAHA
Donald Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, FAHA
Fleetwood Loustalot, PhD, FNP
Mahasin Mujahid, PhD
Stephen Rich, PhD

For More Information

American Heart Association
National Center
Dallas, Texas
Telephone: 888-242-2453 or 214-570-5935

Email: scientificconferences@heart.org

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily do not reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does the mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.