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Council of Graduate Programs in Public Health
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The APTR Council of Graduate Programs in Public Health represents accredited and emerging graduate public health programs and provides a forum for graduate programs and their faculty across the U.S. that grant public health degrees. Through the Council hundreds of faculty from graduate programs are provided curriculum and networking resources.



The mission of the Council of Graduate Programs in Public Health 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. The Council meets twice a year as a group, during the APHA annual meeting and 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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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 and other federal agency education and training opportunities for you and your students.
  • Council members are eligible to participate in CDC Cooperative Agreement-sponsored activities and workforce development projects of APTR.

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.
  • Eligibility to represent Graduate Programs and APTR on national boards, councils, and committees.


History of the Council

During the 1970s, some graduate programs in public health sought an umbrella under which they could create an organizing body. Since many of these early programs were housed in medical school departments of preventive medicine, it was not surprising that they sought a home base through APTR (then the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine - ATPM) rather than create their own organizational structure.

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