APHA welcomes Alfredo Morabia

Date: Jan 26 2015

Contact: Kimberly Short, 202-777-2511,

American Public Health Association welcomes Alfredo Morabia as new editor of American Journal of Public Health

Washington, D.C., January 26, 2015 -- The American Public Health Association today announced Alfredo Morabia, MD, PhD, as editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Public Health. A renowned researcher, author, professor of epidemiology, fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and former editor-in-chief of Preventive Medicine, Morabia will take the helm of the esteemed journal in June 2015.

"We welcome Alfredo Morabia to the American Journal of Public Health where he arrives with a drive to enhance public health discourse, discovery and impact through publication of robust peer-reviewed research,” said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA and publisher of the journal. “Dr. Morabia's extensive experience grounded in academic scholarship, a rich global perspective and distinguished leadership of a variety of publications will equip the journal in informing decisions that improve health equity, promote investment in public health and ensure health care access for all."

Morabia is editor emeritus of Preventive Medicine and serves as a professor of epidemiology at the Barry Commoner Center in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Queens College, CUNY, at the CUNY School of Public Health and at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. He served as international editor of AJPH from 1999 to 2001 and also on editorial boards for a variety of journals including the International Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology and the American Journal of Epidemiology.

"I am honored and energized to contribute to the rigor and high standing of the American Journal of Public Health,” said Morabia. “By publishing the best public health science, I am committed to safeguarding the prestige of the publication while advancing the accessibility of the journal through online and social media to a global audience of public health thinkers, practitioners and advocates."

AJPH has been publishing original work in research, research methods and program evaluation in the field of public health since 1911. It is published monthly in print and electronically, and is periodically augmented with themed supplements. The journal has maintained a competitive impact factor, most recently 4.229 in 2013, and was ranked number four of 143 titles in the Public, Environmental and Occupational Health category in the Social Sciences Citation Index.

Morabia’s five-year term follows the successful tenure of Mary E. Northridge, PhD, MPH, who will become editor emeritus of AJPH after over 21 years with the journal serving the roles of assistant editor, deputy editor, interim editor-in-chief and editor-in-chief.

"AJPH will continue to have a pivotal responsibility in the advancement of public health science and practice under the guidance of Dr. Morabia,” said Pamela Aaltonen, PhD, RN, APHA Executive Board chair.  “We welcome his leadership and commitment to providing information that enhances and strengthens the Association’s strategic focus on improving the nation’s health."

The editor-in-chief position search was conducted by Alexander, Wollman and Stark in collaboration with the APHA Executive Board.

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The American Journal of Public Health is the monthly journal of the American Public Health Association. APHA champions the health of all people and all communities by strengthening the profession of public health, sharing the latest research and information, promoting best practices and advocating for public health issues and policies grounded in research. More information is available at www.apha.org and www.ajph.org.