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American Public Health Association

  • In: Encyclopedia of Epidemiology
  • Edited by: Sarah Boslaugh
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Health Research Methods , Epidemiology & Biostatistics

The American Public Health Association (APHA), founded in 1872, is the oldest public health association in the world. It is also the largest, with more than 50,000 members in 2006, representing many different occupations related to public health. The APHA engages in a variety of activities to promote public health, including disseminating information through press releases, books and journals, holding an annual meeting, providing opportunities for professional development and continuing education, and bestowing a number of awards on individuals who have aided in public health efforts.

The APHA was founded by Stephen Smith, then Commissioner of the Metropolitan Health Board in New York City. The first annual meeting was held in 1873 and, as is still the rule today, combined presentation of scholarly papers with inclusion ...

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