APIH’s National Academic Associations

American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) 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.

The AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) is a nonprofit 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; approximately 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 the millions of individuals employed across academic medicine, including more than 186,000 full-time faculty members, 94,000 medical students, 145,000 resident physicians, and 60,000 graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the biomedical sciences. Additional information about the AAMC is available at aamc.org.

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) 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.

The Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) is the national interprofessional association for medical and health professions institutions and their faculty advancing prevention and population health education and research. APTR represents medical school departments of population health, preventive medicine, and community medicine; accredited and emerging graduate programs in public health; health professions programs with a population health focus; and various health agencies and practice institutions. Individual members include researchers, practitioners, administrators, residents, and students. APTR was founded in 1942 to unite institutions and individuals devoted to health promotion and disease prevention to redefine how we educate and train the health professions workforce.