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140th Anniversary of Public Health Reports

On July 13, 2018, Public Health Reports marks its 140th year of publication. The longest-published journal of public health in the United States began in 1878 as a small weekly government bulletin of disease reports and tables. During the past 140 years, this, the official journal of the surgeon general and the US Public Health Service (USPHS), has adapted continually to new public health challenges and innovations in medical communications. From a simple bulletin publishing mostly reports from USPHS officers, through the decades the journal has evolved into a seasoned peer-reviewed journal publishing articles from all parts of the public health enterprise.

PHR’s mission to move science into public health policy and practice. PHR supports the work of the great organizations of which it is a part, the U.S. Public Health Service, the Surgeon General, the Commissioned Corps, the Department of Health and Human Service, the schools and programs of public health, and several partner organizations. PHR supports the work of public health where it happens most, at local, state, territorial, and federal health departments.

The archives of Public Health Reports have long served as a source of primary material for books and articles on public health history. These materials are indispensable for scholars who wish to understand the past, present, and future of public health. In celebration of the 14oth anniversary, a special department called Public Health Chronicles is being brought back  to build on the rich history of the journal. The reinstated department will publish a series of invited and submitted articles during the anniversary year and will continue as a regular part of the journal, covering public health problems old and new, through a historical perspective.

Read more about the history of Public Health Reports and the year long celebration.


Public Health Reports is the official journal of the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General and the U.S. Public Health Service and has been published since 1878. It is published bimonthly, plus supplement issues, through an official agreement with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.

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