Established in 1942, the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) is the national membership association for medical and health professions institutions and their faculty advancing prevention and population health education and research.
APTR members include preventive medicine programs and their related graduate programs in public health, medical school departments with a population health focus, health professions schools, and faculty responsible for teaching population health. The APTR Council of Graduate Programs in Public Health supports those accredited and emerging graduate programs across the U.S. that grant a variety of public health degrees.
Lead innovation in population health and prevention education.
Population health and prevention are integral parts of every health professional's education.
What does APTR do?
APTR develops curricular resources, professional development programs, and tools for its diverse membership. We bring together individuals and institutions devoted to health promotion and disease prevention to redefine how we educate the health professions workforce.
APTR collaborates with federal agencies, including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Health Resources and Services Administration, and other associations to improve the population health and disease prevention training of students and health professionals and improve interactions between academicians and practitioners. Through a cooperative agreement with the CDC, APTR provides faculty student training opportunities in public health and preventive medicine, immunization curriculum materials for medical students, residents and physicians and nursing and public health students.
The APTR annual meeting, Teaching Prevention, provides a forum for physicians and other health professionals with special expertise or interest in disease prevention and population health. The primary focus of the meeting is to highlight advances in prevention through sessions on education and training innovations, health care policy trends and activities, organizational/management models, and health promotion programs.
The American Journal of Preventive Medicine is the official APTR journal, publishing articles in the areas of prevention research, teaching, practice and policy. Original research is published on interventions aimed at the prevention of chronic and acute disease and the promotion of individual and community health. The journal also periodically publishes supplements and special theme issues devoted to areas of current interest to the prevention community.