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About APTR

Founded in 1942 by medical academicians and public health professionals, (as the Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine), APTR is the national professional association dedicated to advancing individual and community disease prevention and health promotion in the education of physicians and other health professionals. APTR Individual and Institutional members represent multiple disciplines concerned with population health.

Institutional membership is comprised of academic units in medical schools, nursing schools and other health professions schools, public health graduate programs, and preventive medicine residency programs. The APTR Council of Graduate Programs in Public Health supports accredited and emerging graduate programs across the U.S. 

What We Do

APTR develops curricular resources, professional development programs and tools for its diverse membership. Through cooperative agreements with such federal agencies as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, APTR and its members conduct a wide range of educational, training, and research projects. 

The APTR annual meeting, Teaching Preventiongathers faculty from medicine, public health, and other health professions to focus on the knowledge, skills, collaborations, and resources needed to teach, practice, and promote population health improvement. 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.

Our Journal

The official APTR journal,The American Journal of Preventive Medicine publishes 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.

We bring together individuals and institutions devoted to health promotion and disease prevention to redefine how we educate the health professions workforce.

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