Who We Are

APHA’s Environment Section serves as a multidisciplinary, cross-sector, and community-centered home for those concerned about sustaining healthy environments through research, advocacy and public awareness. We keep our members up to date on relevant environmental health science and policy issues and provide opportunities for professional development.


  • To influence policy and other changes to create and sustain healthy environments and to enhance research, public awareness, prevention and the treatment of diseases caused or exacerbated by environmental factors.
  • To develop alliances and professional support with others who work in a variety of public settings.
  • To stay abreast of science and policy.

Brief history

The Engineering Section was established in 1911 as the fourth Section of APHA. The Section name was changed to the Engineering and Sanitation Section in 1955 and then to the Environment Section in 1970. In 2011, we celebrated 100 years as an APHA Section.


  • We develop APHA policies on environmental and justice health issues.
  • We lead and support committees and groups related to important areas of environmental health and justice.
  • We support students and foster the development of environmental public health leaders through student travel awards to attend the APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition, a student poster competition, and Annual Meeting events that foster networking and professional development.
  • We organize a robust scientific program for the APHA Annual Meeting, with sessions on climate change and public health, food and environment, the built environment, environmental justice and more.