American Public Health Association
800 I Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001-3710
(202) 777-APHA • Fax: (202) 777-2534 •

APHA Overview

American Public Health Association • 800 I Street, NW • Washington, D.C. 20001-3710
202-777-APHA (2747) • Fax: 202-777-2532 •

Association Overview

The American Public Health Association is a non-partisan, non-profit professional membership association. The oldest and most diverse organization of public health professionals in the world, APHA has been working to improve public health since 1872.

APHA brings together researchers, health service providers, administrators, teachers and other health workers in a unique, multidisciplinary environment of professional exchange, study and action. The Association is concerned with a broad set of issues affecting personal and environmental health. Its top priorities include improving access to care, improving the public health infrastructure and eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities.

APHA Mission

To improve the public's health, promote the scientific and professional foundation of public health practice and policy, advocate the conditions for a healthy society, emphasize prevention and enhance the ability of members to promote and protect environmental and community health.

Products and Services

Annual Meeting - More than 13,000 public health professionals attend the APHA Annual Meeting, which is the largest public health conference in the world. At the meeting, more than 1,000 scientific sessions provide the latest research in public health science and practice and over 700 exhibits display state-of-the-art public health products and services. The next meeting will be held in Boston, Nov. 2-6, 2013.

American Journal of Public Health - APHA's journal is the No. 1 publication dedicated to original work in research, research methods and program evaluation in the field of public health. This prestigious, peer-reviewed journal also regularly publishes authoritative editorials and commentaries and serves as a forum for the analysis of health policy.

The Nation's Health - As the official award-winning newspaper of APHA, The Nation's Health reaches more than 30,000 readers each month. The Nation's Health focuses on public health issues at the federal, state and local level, delivering the latest news to public health professionals, legislators and the public.

Public Health Newswire - As a leading source of news covering public health events, trends and advocacy, Public Health Newswire reports on a wide spectrum of public health topics – from the latest research and national policy debates to disease outbreaks and resources for the profession.

Social media - Through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and more, APHA connects its members and others to the latest in public health.

Books - As one of the foremost publishers on public health topics, APHA maintains a substantial book development and publishing function. Its more than 50 titles include many that promulgate national and international public health standards, such as Standard Methods for the Examination of Dairy Products and Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. Control of Communicable Diseases Manual is the world's most widely recognized resource on infectious disease.

Public Health CareerMart - APHA's public health career resource center allows users to find or post a job online and access career development information. Employers can place their employee search to fill openings with their organizations while job seekers can post their resumes and search for available public health jobs.

Advocacy - APHA monitors and evaluates the dynamic social, political, scientific and global environment of public health for its members and the public they serve. The Association is the preeminent advocate on behalf of sound policy and effective practice in public health.

Continuing Education - To stay abreast of professional developments, public health professionals can receive accredited continuing education in seven disciplines through the Annual Meeting and Midyear Meeting.


In addition to APHA’s 25,000 members, the organization represents another 25,000 individuals who are members of our affiliated state and regional public health associations and others who are committed to creating a health global society.

Organizational Components

Sections and SPIGs - Sections are the basic organizational unit of APHA's membership. The 29 discipline-based Sections and the four Special Primary Interest Groups, or SPIGs, enable members to share knowledge and experience with their peers, develop new techniques and contribute to the growing body of scientific knowledge within those respective fields.


  • Aging and Public Health
  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs
  • Applied Public Health Statistics 
  • Chiropractic Health Care
  • Community Health Planning and Policy Development
  • Disability 
  • Environment
  • Epidemiology
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Health Administration
  • Health Informatics Information Technology
  • Injury Control and Emergency Health Services
  • International Health
  • Law
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Medical Care
  • Mental Health
  • Occupational Health and Safety


  • Oral Health
  • Physical Activity
  • Podiatric Health
  • Population, Reproductive and Sexual Health
  • Public Health Education and Health Promotion
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Public Health Social Work 
  • School Health Education and Services
  • Vision Care


  • Alternative and Complementary Health Practices
  • Ethics  
  • Laboratory
  • Veterinary Public Health


  • Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), Executive Director  
  • Susan L. Polan, PhD, Associate Executive Director, Public Affairs and Advocacy
  • Regina Davis Moss, PhD, MPH, MCHES, Associate Executive Director, Public Health Practice and Policy
  • Adewale Troutman, MD, MPH, MA, CPH, President
  • Melvin D. Shipp, OD, MPH, DrPH, Immediate Past President
  • Joyce R. Gaufin, President-elect