Established in 1942, the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) is the professional organization for individuals and institutions who advance the education of physicians and other health professionals in prevention and population health.
APTR individual members are faculty, researchers, practitioners, administrators, residents and students. APTR institutional members include graduate public health programs, medical school departments of preventive and community medicine, medical school departments with a population health focus, health professions schools, and various health agencies.
APTR develops curricular resources, professional development programs, and tools for its diverse membership. We bring together individuals and institutions devoted to population health and interprofessional education to redefine how we educate the health professions workforce.
APTR Healthy People Curriculum Task Force
The APTR Healthy People Curriculum Task Force represents eight prominent health professional education associations that have since 2002, collaborated to implement the educational objectives of Healthy People 2020 and to collect data for objectives:
American Association of Colleges of Nursing
American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine
American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
American Dental Education Association
Association of American Medical Colleges
Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
Physician Assistant Education Association
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health
Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
The Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework is the first major outcome of the Task Force and was featured in the December 2004 and February 2011 issues of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. It provides a structure for organizing curriculum, monitoring curriculum, and communicating within and between disciplines and is designed to serve as a guideline for student education in the clinical health professions represented on the Task Force. The Framework consists of four components:
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 federal cooperative agreements, APTR develops faculty and student training opportunities in public health and preventive medicine, immunization curriculum materials for health professions students, and public health learning modules.
The APTR annual meeting, Teaching Prevention, provides a forum for educators, physicians and other health professionals with special expertise or interest in 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.