APIH’s National Academic Associations

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)external icon represents 700 schools of nursing at universities and senior colleges in the U.S., and is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education.

From an original 121 member institutions in 1969, today AACN’s educational, research, federal advocacy, data collection, publications, and special programs establish quality standards for nursing education. AACN assists deans and directors to implement standards for nursing education; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)external icon is a not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health through medical education, health care, medical research, and community collaborations. Its members are all 155 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; more than 400 teaching hospitals and health systems, including Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 70 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC leads and serves America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their more than 179,000 full-time faculty members, 92,000 medical students, 140,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences.

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)external icon is the national organization representing the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)-accredited schools of public health and programs currently seeking CEPH-accreditation as schools of public health. These schools have over 12,000 teaching and research faculty and educate more than 28,000 students annually from every state in the U.S. and most countries throughout the world. The schools graduate approximately 9,700 professionals each year. Established in 1953, ASPPH promotes the efforts of CEPH-accredited academic institutions to strengthen research and advance the practice of public health at the national and global levels to improve the health of our communities. In addition, ASPPH, working with federal partners, provide mentored training experiences for students at federal government offices in the U.S. and around the world through a wide selection of public health fellowship and internship programs.

Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR)external icon represents individual members (faculty, researchers, practitioners, administrators, residents and students) and institutional members which include graduate public health programs, medical school departments of preventive and community medicine, medical school departments with a population health focus, health professions schools, and various health agencies. The APTR Council of Graduate Programs in Public Health is the organizing body for the accredited and emerging graduate public health programs in the U.S. The Council facilitates collaboration and partnerships among leadership of diverse public health graduate programs, which positions CEPH-accredited member programs to mentor developing programs. Membership in the Council and participation in its activities provides programs with information, support, and unique resources.

Established in 1942, APTR is dedicated to advancement of population health and disease prevention by contributing to the education of physicians and other health professionals.