Public health promotes and protects the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play.

While a doctor treats people who are sick, those of us working in public health try to prevent people from getting sick or injured in the first place. We also promote wellness by encouraging healthy behaviors.

From conducting scientific research to educating about health, people in the field of public health work to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy. That can mean vaccinating children and adults to prevent the spread of disease. Or educating people about the risks of alcohol and tobacco. Public health sets safety standards to protect workers and develops school nutrition programs to ensure kids have access to healthy food. 

Public health works to track disease outbreaks, prevent injuries and shed light on why some of us are more likely to suffer from poor health than others. The many facets of public health include speaking out for laws that promote smoke-free indoor air and seatbelts, spreading the word about ways to stay healthy and giving science-based solutions to problems.

Current Opportunities for American Public Health Association

American Public Health Association Scholarships

Opportunity Type: Scholarship
Application Deadline: May 11, 2022

Anthony Westwater Jong Memorial Community Dental Public Health Award

Pre-professional award: Recognizes an outstanding community-based research or service project of an oral health nature carried out by a pre-doctoral dental student, or a dental hygiene student, or a hygienist who has graduated from an accredited school of dental hygiene in the United States within the preceding 12 months (up to 2 awards each year). The award provides two recipients a $200 cash award, a copy of Jong's Community Dental Health, 5th Edition, one year membership in APHA Oral Health Section, and the registration fee to the APHA annual meeting.

John W. Knutson Distinguished Service Award

The award is presented to honor an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to improve oral health in the United States. An award of $1,500 and an inscribed silver tray commemorating the occasion is presented by members of the APHA Oral Health Section

Contact Information

American Public Health Association
800 I St NW
Washington, DC 20001