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Membership Types and Rates

The American Public Health Association's membership categories represent the professional stages of a person's career. All categories receive APHA's core benefits, including award-winning publications, networking opportunities and career services.

Membership is for one year (12 months) from the date you join or from your current expiration date when you renew.

Want to learn more about APHA membership benefits? Explore our member perks and our special member savings before you join.

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Open to health professionals, other career workers in the health field and anyone interested in public health. Eligible for Economy Discount.

Discounted Regular
Individuals whose gross annual salary is less than $45,000 USD (or the equivalent for foreign nationals) receive a discount on Regular membership (formerly Special Health Worker membership). Proof of status is required annually. Eligible for Economy Discount.

Individuals who have retired and no longer derive income from current work-related activities. Declaration of status is required annually. Eligible for Economy Discount.

Early-Career Professional
Individuals who graduated in the last 24 months and are transitioning into the workforce. Includes programs specific to new public health professionals. This member type is available for three consecutive years. Proof of status is required annually. Eligible for Economy Discount.

Individuals must be enrolled in a degree program. Qualifying student should be taking at least 6 credit hours (undergraduate degree) or 3 credit hours (graduate degree) per semester or comparable credits in a quarter system. Student membership is available for up to six years per degree. Proof of status is required annually and must include both credit hours and academic institution verification. Eligible for Economy Discount.

Public health programs (schools of public health, etc.) have a new discount student membership option.

Agency and Company & Consultant
Rates are based on the organization type and size.
Discounted individual membership is available to employees of these member organizations.
$75 (employees of nonprofit and governmental Agency members)
$150 (employees of Company & Consultant members)
Agency Membership is open to local, state and federal government agencies, academic institutions and nonprofit, non-governmental organizations engaged in public health work or other programs having a close relationship to health services. Company & Consultant Membership is open to all organizations that don’t meet the requirements for Agency Membership.

Please see our Agency Member Directory to ensure that you are eligible for one of these membership rates.*

Membership requires approval from APHA's Executive Board. Once approved, staff/employees of the agency/organization are eligible to register for APHA's Annual Meeting at a discounted fee. Not eligible for Economy Discount.

School-Sponsored Student Memberships
Fees vary
Schools and programs are eligible to participate in a School-Sponsored Student Membership program that allows them to enroll their students as an APHA member at a greatly discounted rate. This is a terrific way to get your students involved during their studies and prepare them for future engagement opportunities in public health.

Economy Discount

Save $20 when you choose not to receive the PDF version of the American Journal of Public Health. With this discount, you will still have full online access to AJPH. The Economy Discount must be selected annually. The discount applies to the full 12 months of your membership. If, at any time, you decide to discontinue the economy discount and receive the pdf version of AJPH, the full $20 will be due regardless of the number of months remaining in your membership. Does not apply to Agency Individual or School-Sponsored Student members.

Installment Plan and Automatic Renewal

Pay for your membership quarterly, semi-annually or annually with APHA’s installment and automatic renewal plan. It’s an easy, affordable way to handle your membership. To choose this option, click "enroll now" when you check out online. Or you may contact our Membership Services Department at 202-777-2400 or email us to get started or to modify your existing payment plan. You may also check the box for your preferred installment option on the application form (PDF) you send to us. (Please note that if you select an installment plan, your membership will also automatically renew annually — at the payment intervals you select — until you tell us to stop). The Installment Plan options do not apply to individuals who join or renew through their Agency or participants in the School-Sponsored Student Membership program.

To cancel an existing installment or automatic renewal plan, please email us before you are charged again. You must have paid for the full year if you are on an installment plan.

Membership Changes, Transfers and Refunds

We are unable to transfer memberships or provide refunds. 

We can change your membership category. If changing to a less expensive membership category, you will not receive a refund. You will also need to email us proof of status if you are changing to a Discounted Regular, Early-Career Professional or Student membership. Please review our FAQs for details.

*Before joining or renewing as an APHA member, employees should consult their management office to see if their organization is either currently an APHA Agency or Company & Consultant member or is in the process of becoming one. Refunds and member type changes will not be offered retroactively. Members who join or renew independent of their organization are eligible to renew at the agency individual rate at the end of their membership term as long as their organization is a member in good standing. The APHA Agency Member Directory does not reflect organizations that are in the process of applying for membership. Please consult your organizational leadership to inquire about your organization's status.

To learn more, please contact APHA's Membership Department at 202-777-2400 or email us.

Frequently Asked Questions

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