SHEA's mission is to prevent and control healthcare-associated infections and advance the field of healthcare epidemiology. Our Topics of Interest page provides a brief overview of a few of SHEA's priority areas to accomplish this mission. Additional information can be found in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, SHEA's scientific journal.

anti-microbial stewardship

Antimicrobial Stewardship

SHEA is committed to fostering strategies to improve the use of antimicrobial medications with the goal of enhancing patient health outcomes, reducing resistance to antibiotics, and decreasing unnecessary costs. This movement, known as Antimicrobial Stewardship is key to preserving the effectiveness of antibiotics.



SHEA provides guidance on influenza control in healthcare facilities, distribution and use of antiviral drugs, and influenza vaccine of healthcare workers, personal protective equipment, and other topics concerning seasonal and pandemic influenza.

Compendium of Strategies

Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals

These are jointly published these science-based and practical recommendations for acute care hospitals for the prevention of common HAIs in Infection Control and Healthcare Epidemiology.

Emerging Pathogens

SHEA follows several emerging pathogens of interest to our members.

SHEA/CDC Outbreak Response Training Program

SHEA has received a contract from the CDC to create the SHEA/CDC Training Program for Healthcare Epidemiologists to Respond to Infectious Diseases Outbreaks and Public Health Emergencies in United States Hospitals.