The APTR Council of Graduate Programs in Public Health represents accredited and emerging graduate public health programs and provides a forum for accredited and emerging graduate programs and their faculty across the U.S. that grant public health degrees. Through the Council over 130 faculty from graduate programs are provided curriculum and networking resources.
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The objectives of the Council of Graduate Programs in Public Health and Preventive Medicine is to encourage, promote and support universities, schools and colleges in developing, maintaining and advancing graduate programs in the disciplines included within the fields of preventive and social medicine, and community and public health. The Council serves as the focal point for information sharing and discussion which addresses issues of concern to such programs, and is the organizational liaison between the programs and APTR. The Council meets twice a year as a group, once during the APHA Annual Meeting and the second during the APTR annual meeting.
The Council consists of any degree-granting program at the graduate level which prepares students for professional careers in preventive medicine, social medicine, community health and/or public health. These programs must be an institutional member of APTR.
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APTR advocates for graduate programs in public health regardless of size or budget through representation to the MPH accrediting body (CEPH), the National Board of Public Health Examiners, the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research Board of Directors, and other agency committees that develop, monitor and evaluate national education standards for public health.
Members have a significant role in national organizations and coalitions that:
- Develop competencies for MPH program graduates
- Work to improve the linkages between academia and public health practice
- Advocate for adequate resources and support
Membership in the Council is open to program directors and their faculty from accredited and developing graduate programs in public health education.
Benefits of Membership
As a Council member of APTR, you receive all the advantages of APTR membership plus the benefits listed below for your faculty:
- Assistance with implementing new public health education recommendations, including undergraduate education.
- Knowledge base of the most current resources on public health graduate programs including data reports, directories and curriculum materials.
- Access to CDC, ODPHP and other federal agency education and training opportunities for you and your students.
Networking and Career Development
- Workshops and meetings designed specifically around the needs of public health faculty and their programs.
- Connection to other faculty from MPH programs and related disciplines.
- Increased visibility for your program through the Council Website and APHA Exhibit Booth.
- Eligibility to represent Graduate Programs and APTR on national boards, councils and committees.
Access to Federal Funds
Council members are eligible to participate in CDC and ODPHP Cooperative Agreement-sponsored activities and workforce projects of APTR. For example, through the Collaborative Integration of Public Health Content into Undergraduate Education project, APTR provided funding to 8 members of the APTR Council of Graduate Programs in Public Health to facilitate increased involvement of graduate level public health programs in the advancement of undergraduate public health curricula. Qualifying Council member programs collaborated with faculty from undergraduate colleges within the same institution or neighboring or regional liberal education institutions to develop, pilot and evaluate undergraduate public health, global health, and epidemiology courses.