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American Journal of Public Health Named among 100 Most Influential Journals in Biology and Medicine

Washington, D.C., June 19, 2009— The American Journal of Public Health, the monthly peer-reviewed journal of the American Public Health Association, was recognized this month as one of the top 100 influential journals in biology and medicine over the last century.


The rankings were determined by the Special Libraries Association’s BioMedical and Life Sciences Division, which conducted a poll of its members as part of its centennial observance. The American Journal of Public Health joins other leading journals such as the British Medical Journal, New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association in the top 100 list.


“The American Public Health Association is very pleased with and proud of the many contributions of the American Journal of Public Health,” remarked Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP (E), executive director of the American Public Health Association. “Throughout its long history, the journal has set the bar for excellence in public health science and practice research. We’re delighted it has been judged among the best.”


The American Journal of Public Health, founded in 1911, is dedicated to publication of original work in research, research methods and program evaluation in the field of public health. Authors from around the globe contribute to the journal their original unpublished research, social science analyses, scholarly essays, critical commentaries and letters to the editor. The American Journal of Public Health is available both online at and in print.
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