American Journal of Public Health

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American Journal of Public Health  
American Journal of Public Health Sept 2012.jpg
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Am. J. Public Health
Discipline Public health
Language English
Edited by Mary E. Northridge
Publication details
Publication history
Frequency Monthly
ISSN 1541-0048 (print)
1541-0048 (web)
LCCN 86655185
OCLC no. 01642844

The American Journal of Public Health is a monthly peer-reviewed public health journal published by the American Public Health Association covering health policy and public health. The journal was established in 1911 and its stated mission is "to advance public health research, policy, practice, and education."[1] The journal occasionally publishes themed supplements. The editor-in-chief is Mary E. Northridge.


The journal contains the following departments:

  • Government, Politics, and Law - public health arguments grounded in critical analysis
  • Health Policy and Ethics Forum - debates on public health issues
  • Field Action Reports - reports on practice-based programs and initiatives with potential to advance the public's health
  • Framing Health Matters - articles featuring work in the social sciences and other disciplines
  • Faces of Public Health and Going Public - profiles of outstanding leaders and examples of vital public health work
  • Images of Public Health, Public Health Then and Now, and Voices From the Past - stories from public health history still relevant today
  • Highlights and guidance from the world of statistics

The journal has been criticized for extending its open access embargo from 2 to 10 years as of June 1, 2013.[2]


The American Journal of Public Health was voted one of the 100 most influential journals in biology and medicine over the last 100 years by the Special Libraries Association.[3] According to the Journal Citation Reports, the 2009 impact factor is 4.241, ranking it second out of 95 titles in the category "Public, Environmental and Occupational Health" of the Social Sciences Edition and 9th out of 122 in the same category in the Science Edition.

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed in Ageline, Applied Social Science Index and Abstracts, Biological Abstracts, Chemical Abstracts Service, CINAHL, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, Food Science and Technology Abstracts, MEDLINE, Psychological Abstracts, PsycINFO, Science Citation Index, Scopus, and Statistical Reference Index/LexisNexis.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About American Journal of Public Health". American Journal of Public Health. American Public Health Association. Retrieved 2011-02-07. 
  2. ^ Smith, Kevin L. (23 May 2013). "Of Predators and Public Health". Library Journal. Retrieved 26 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Top 100 Journals in Biology and Medicine

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