The Office of External Relations is available to assist members of the media in accessing our experts working on the cutting edge of critical public health issues. The Office of External Relations can also answer questions about ASPPH and our member schools and programs of public health. 

Questions? Contact ASPPH’s External Relations Office: externalrelations@aspph.org

September 2022

September 12

Colorado School of Public Health—ColoradoSPH doctoral candidates named APHA & Kaiser Community Health Scholars

“A one-year post-MPH fellowship through the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) at CDC’s National Center for Injury and Prevention and Control cemented her commitment to finding ways to protect against injury.”

September 2

Princeton Alumni Weekly—The Doctor Is On

“Back in 2008, a prescient report by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health warned of a shortfall of 250,000 public health workers by 2020.”

August 2022

August 29

UNC Gillings School of Global Public HealthMonaco named assistant dean of undergraduate degree programs
“Monaco has also been the Gillings School’s nominee for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Undergraduate Public Health Education Award.”

August 9

Dartmouth Geisel School of MedicineDartmouth MPH Students Named Public Health Ambassadors

“Two students in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Giesel School of Medicine have been named This Is Public Health (TIPH) Ambassadors for 2022-2023 by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH).

April 2022

April 25

Dallas MagazineUT Southwestern Is Going Public 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the interest and awareness in public health. The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health found that applications to graduate public health programs grew by 40 percent during the pandemic.”

April 22

The Daily TargumSchool of Public Health Holds Event to Provide Approaches to Dismantling Institutional Racism

“The webinar was led by Laura Magaña, president and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), which is a nonprofit organization that works toward strengthening voices in the academic public health field. Magaña said her goals for the conference were to break down prevalent areas of systemic racism and provide the ASPPH’s guidance and initiatives on how to approach the issue.”

April 18

Community 99MPH Program Applications Have Doubled Since Onset of COVID-19 Pandemic

“This increase exceeds national trends, which saw an increase in MPH applications of 20-30% in 2021, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

April 17

The Brown Daily HeraldMPH Program Applications Have Doubled Since Onset of COVID-19 Pandemic 

“This increase exceeds national trends, which saw an increase in MPH applications of 20-30% in 2021, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

March 2022

March 28

NewswiseSchools and Programs of Public Health Join Together to Demand the Protection of Health Care Workers in Ukraine and Beyond 

“The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health has endorsed this statement and is calling on its members to do the same. This joint statement builds on an initial statement from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. New cosigners will be added as they are confirmed.” 

February 2022

February 18

Politico— Extending the Public Health Emergency Remains Complicated 

“Tim Leshan is the new external relations and advocacy officer at the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, joined by Beeta Rasouli as director of advocacy. Leshan previously worked as a vice provost for Northeastern University and a policy, planning and analysis chief for the National Human Genome Research Institute. Rasouli worked for lobbying group firm Lewis-Burke Associates after leaving Capitol Hill.” 

February 11

Hawaii News Now— Students Flock to Public Health in Hopes of Turning the Pandemic’s Lessons into Change

“You would think the pandemic would dissuade young people from pursuing a career in public health. In fact, the opposite is true. Last year, public health schools across the country saw a 40% increase in applicants for graduate degree programs, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.”

January 2022

January 26

The Print— Silver Line to COVID Cloud: More Students Want Degrees in Public Health

“The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a greater interest among students in pursuing public health programs, a report by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) reveals.” 

January 25

NBC 5— Pandemic Fuels Uptick in Public Health Majors at Universities

“Universities are reporting an uptick in public health majors as the pandemic ushers in a new wave of aspiring students who hope to make a difference in the world after COVID-19… According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, applications to graduate-level public health programs across the country have grown by 40% during the pandemic.” 

January 24

The Dallas Morning NewsIn the Shadow of COVID-19, Interest in Public Health Studies is Climbing in North Texas and Beyond 

“The Texas A&M University School of Public Health reported a 15% increase in bachelor’s admissions and a 26% increase in master’s admissions in the last two years. That trend is mirrored across the US Between March 2020 and March 2021, applications to graduate-level public health programs grew by 40%, from 17,353 to 24,176, according to data from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, which represents accredited public health programs.” 

January 6  

US News and World Report‘Provisional Positives’: How the Pandemic Could Spark a Public Health Overhaul

“Public health schools saw a 40% increase in applicants to graduate-level degree programs, from 17,353 in March 2020 to 24,176 in March 2021, according to the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health, with epidemiology reported to be the top area of study for applications.”

January 2  

Anchorage Daily NewsMuch Has Changed Since the Start of the Pandemic. But the Nation’s Public Health System Remains Fractured

“She spoke recently at a conference of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, where she was struck by the number of students who came up to ask about her work in public health. Their enthusiasm is reflected by a 40 percent increase in applicants to 2021 graduate-level degree programs compared with March 2020, according to the association.” 

January 1  

The Washington PostMuch Has Changed Since the Start of the Pandemic. But the Nation’s Public Health System Remains Fractured 

“She spoke recently at a conference of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, where she was struck by the number of students who came up to ask about her work in public health. Their enthusiasm is reflected by a 40 percent increase in applicants to 2021 graduate-level degree programs compared with March 2020, according to the association.” 

December 2021

December 22  

Florida DailyLois Frankel, Gus Bilirakis Team Up on Protecting the Health of America’s Older Adults Act

“Two members of the Florida delegation teamed up on a proposal to ‘create a program at the CDC to improve the health and well-being of older adults and provide grants to state and local health departments to implement age-friendly public health programs’…The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health… and other groups are all backing the proposal.

December 17  

Press & GuideReps. Dingell, Bilirakis, Frankel Introduce Bill to Improve Public Health Programs for Older Adults

“Recently U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-12th District), Gus Bilirakis (R-FL-12), and Lois Frankel (D-FL-21) introduced the Protecting the Health of America’s Older Adults Act. This bipartisan legislation would create a program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to improve the health and well-being of older adults and provide grants to state and local health departments to implement age-friendly public health programs… The Protecting the Health of Older America’s Adults Act has been endorsed by…The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health…and more.” 

December 7  

India Education DiaryTexas A&M: Demand for Public Health Education Creates Need for More Faculty

“On a national level, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), public health schools saw a 23 percent increase in applicants for master’s and doctoral programs from fall 2019 to fall 2020, and those numbers continue to increase.” 

November 2021

November 12  

Healthcare Finance NewsAMA Argues Against Blocking the Federal Vaccination Mandate 

“Organizations agreeing to the mandate include trade associations, research organizations and advocacy groups. They include…the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health…” 

November 8  

Healthcare Finance NewsEleven States File Lawsuit Over Vaccine Mandate for Private Businesses 

“Organizations agreeing to the mandate include trade associations, research organizations and advocacy groups. “Given the sharp rise in cases and deaths in the U.S., and recognizing that most new cases and the overwhelming majority of deaths occur among the unvaccinated, our organizations believe that a vaccine mandate is the primary way to assure the health and safety of our colleagues, family, friends, and communities,” they said in a statement. The organizations include…the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health…” 

October 2021

October 6  

Government TechnologyWill Tech Factor Into States’ Opioid Settlement Plans?

“Robert Pack, a professor and associate dean who directs the Addiction Science Center at East Tennessee State University, chaired a panel that produced an Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) report that shares recommendations on how to respond to the opioid crisis. The report is one of many compiled by Johns Hopkins to help government leaders.”

September 2021

September 22  

            AxiosMinority-Serving Institutions to Help Create Pipeline for More Diverse Public Health Workforce 

“The pandemic did inspire some to choose new career paths. Public health graduate-level degree programs like epidemiology and health policy saw a 40% spike in applications between March 2020 and March 2021, per a recent report from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.”

September 13  

Empire-Tribune— Tarleton’s Edwards named to panel for National Public Health Initiative 

“The panel will inform Framing the Future: Education for Public Health 2030, an initiative of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH)…ASPPH has designed three expert panels on which to drive research and discovery in public health for the next 10 years.” 

September 10  

PoliticoBiden Calls for Vaccine Requirements for Two-Thirds of American Workers 

More than a dozen health care trade groups announced Thursday that they’ll require employees to be fully vaccinated against Covid to return to their offices, saying that “preserving the public health is core to our missions.” The organizations include the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, the Alliance of Community Health Plans and the National Pharmaceutical Council.” 

September 9  

PoliticoMore Vaccine Mandates on K Street 

“More than a dozen health care trade organizations announced today that they will require their employees to get the Covid vaccine as a condition of returning to work in their offices… The groups that signed on to the vaccine mandate are… the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health 

September 9  

Healthcare Finance NewsBiden Mandates Vaccines for Private Sector, Federal Employees, Healthcare Staff and More

“Vaccine mandates are increasing, and as of today are required as a condition for returning to work for the employees of 14 healthcare organizations in and around Washington. The organizations agreeing to the mandate include trade associations, research organizations and advocacy groups… The organizations include… the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health…” 

August 2021

August 3   

The Nation’s HealthInterest in Public Health Degrees Jumps in Wake of Pandemic: Applications Rise 

“‘This is a historic moment, a great opportunity for the visibility of public health,’ Laura Magaña, PhD, president and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, told The Nation’s Health. In the early months of COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., applications for public health programs were already rising. In March 2020, the month the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, applications increased 23% over the previous year, according to ASPPH’s Schools of Public Health Application Service.” 

June 2021

June 9   

AL.comPublic Health Students Surge at UAB, Epidemiology Students Nearly Double

“The increased interest in public health professions was greater in Alabama than in other parts of the country. According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, applications to graduate programs increased by just 23 percent nationwide last year compared to 2019.”

June 9   

BollyInsidePublic Health Students Increase at the UAB, Epidemiology Students Almost Double

“The increased interest in public health professions was greater in Alabama than in other parts of the country. According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, applications to graduate programs increased by just 23 percent nationwide last year compared to 2019.”   

June 8  

JPHMP DirectGeneration Public Health: Top 8 Tips for Government Health Departments to Hire New Grads

Similarly, health departments can use help figuring out where to look to find the right schools to target and to get in front of students at these schools. That’s where organizations like the Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Career Services Assembly can help.”  

June 2  

The Boston GlobeGeneration Pandemic is Interested in Public Health. We Should Take Advantage

The Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health reports that applications to graduate-level public health programs spiked 40 percent in March, compared to the year before. Public health, long an underappreciated field, is seeing a surge of interest among Generation Pandemic.” 

May 2021

May 31  

Virginia Business MagazineA Dose of Inspiration: Pandemic Disrupts Med Schools, Boosts Applications 

“The school offers more than 20 health programs, and Homan sees a heightened interest in health professions such as physician assistants and public health workers. (The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health reported a 20% nationwide increase in applications to master’s in public health programs last fall).”

May 30  

Kansas City StarAfter Brutal Year, Kansas and Missouri Public Health Officials Consider Their Future

“Nationally, applications to graduate-level degree programs in public health have surged 40% in 2021 compared to March 2020, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

May 28  

BollyInsideThe Fauci Effect: Peaks of Interest in Health Crisis Communication

“Colleges and universities have begun responding to the fast-growing interest in the field, according to several program directors and professors. For instance: Public health graduate-level degree programs like epidemiology and health policy saw a 40% spike in applications between March 2020 and March 2021, per a recent report from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

May 27  

AxiosThe Fauci Effect: Interest Spikes in Health Crisis Communication

“Public health graduate-level degree programs like epidemiology and health policy saw a 40% spike in applications between March 2020 and March 2021, per a recent report from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

May 26  

The MountaineerCharles Mahan Named 2021 ASPPH Welch-Rose Awardee

“The ASPPH Welch-Rose Award recognizes the highest standards of leadership and scholarship in public health and honors individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions to the field of public health.” 

May 19  

Spectrum Local NewsDCC Graduating First Students From New Public Health Program 

“Since the start of the pandemic, interest in the public health field has boomed. According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, the number of people applying to graduate-level public health programs increased by 40% nationwide.” 

May 18  

Framingham SourceSen. Markey & Rep. Cartwright Re-Introduce Climate Change Health Protection and Promotion Act

This legislation will help improve America’s public health response to climate change by supporting research, health impact monitoring, and preparation in the health sector and directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a National Strategic Action Plan to assist health professionals in preparing for and responding to the public health effects of climate change. Organizations endorsing this legislation include the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

May 18  

Insider NJBooker, Hirono, Lee, and Adams Introduce the Real Education and Access for Healthy Youth Act 

“This legislation addresses both education and access to care for young people, with a focus on those most impacted by barriers to sex education and sexual health services. It has been endorsed by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

May 11  

Orlando WeeklyAs Hospitality Labor Shortages Grow, the Industry Evolves in an Attempt to Attract New Workers 

“Similar to the last recession, interest in continuing education has jumped drastically during this time. The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health oversees the application program for more than a hundred schools. They’re reporting a twenty percent increase in applications.” 

May 9  

CNNStudent Interest in This Field Soared Since the Pandemic’s Start. Experts Hope This is a Turning Point 

“During last year’s application cycle, public health program applications jumped by 23%, with the biggest increase coming after March 2020, said Laura Magaña, the President and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). In the 2021 cycle, applications have so far increased by about 39% since the same time last year. ‘It is a clear effect of the pandemic,’ Magaña said. ‘Public health became really visible and people understand its importance.’” 

May 9  

CBS58Student Interest in This Field Soared Since the Pandemic’s Start. Experts Hope This is a Turning Point 

“During last year’s application cycle, public health program applications jumped by 23%, with the biggest increase coming after March 2020, said Laura Magaña, the President and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). In the 2021 cycle, applications have so far increased by about 39% since the same time last year. ‘It is a clear effect of the pandemic,’ Magaña said. ‘Public health became really visible and people understand its importance.’” 

May 9  

Action News NowStudent Interest in This Field Soared Since the Pandemic’s Start. Experts Hope This is a Turning Point 

“During last year’s application cycle, public health program applications jumped by 23%, with the biggest increase coming after March 2020, said Laura Magaña, the President and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). In the 2021 cycle, applications have so far increased by about 39% since the same time last year. ‘It is a clear effect of the pandemic,’ Magaña said. ‘Public health became really visible and people understand its importance.’” 

May 9  

KCTV 5Student Interest in This Field Soared Since the Pandemic’s Start. Experts Hope This is a Turning Point 

“During last year’s application cycle, public health program applications jumped by 23%, with the biggest increase coming after March 2020, said Laura Magaña, the President and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). In the 2021 cycle, applications have so far increased by about 39% since the same time last year. ‘It is a clear effect of the pandemic,’ Magaña said. ‘Public health became really visible and people understand its importance.’” 

May 9  

Erie News NowStudent Interest in This Field Soared Since the Pandemic’s Start. Experts Hope This is a Turning Point 

“During last year’s application cycle, public health program applications jumped by 23%, with the biggest increase coming after March 2020, said Laura Magaña, the President and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). In the 2021 cycle, applications have so far increased by about 39% since the same time last year. ‘It is a clear effect of the pandemic,’ Magaña said. ‘Public health became really visible and people understand its importance.’” 

May 9  

WAPT JacksonStudent Interest in This Field Soared Since the Pandemic’s Start. Experts Hope This is a Turning Point 

“During last year’s application cycle, public health program applications jumped by 23%, with the biggest increase coming after March 2020, said Laura Magaña, the President and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). In the 2021 cycle, applications have so far increased by about 39% since the same time last year. ‘It is a clear effect of the pandemic,’ Magaña said. ‘Public health became really visible and people understand its importance.’” 

May 3  

WFSBMorning Business Report: Med School Interest  

“Medical schools, public-health programs see surge in interest prompted by response to COVID-19 pandemic. By April, graduate-level degree programs in public health drew nearly 24,500 applicants for this fall, a 40 percent increase from the year before, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

April 2021

April 30  

The Wall Street JournalMedical Schools Are Getting Flooded With Applicants 

By April, graduate-level degree programs in public health drew nearly 24,500 applicants for this fall, a 40% increase from the year before, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

April 20  

CBS 19 NewsCATEC Students Getting Hands on Experience in Caring for the Elderly 

“Demand is so high, medical schools have seen a 23 percent jump in applicants for Masters and doctoral programs over the past three years. According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, the application cycle is still increasing.” 

April 16  

Healthcare Finance NewsHow COVID-19 Opened a New Chapter for Population and Public Health 

The workforce, and in particular youth unemployment, will be impacted by the $7.6 billion provided for the public health workforce, said Tony Mazzaschi, chief advocacy officer for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. It’s also going to have a huge impact on students graduating from public health schools, he said.” 

April 14  

Infectious Disease Special EditionAmerican Rescue Plan Invests in Public Health Infrastructure 

Tony Mazzaschi, the chief advocacy officer for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), which represents 130 schools and programs in the United States and overseas, said there were many provisions in the ARP that affirm throughout the federal government the public health values voiced by ASPPH’s members—a big change over the past administration.” 

April 6  

All on GeorgiaPublic Health Education Soars in Wake of Pandemic

The editorial also drew insights from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health’s national-level data from schools and programs of public health about the first employment destinations of public health graduates.” 

March 2021

March 31  

Areawide MediaFulton County Health Unit to Celebrate Public Health Week

Along with our local Fulton County Health Unit, the American Public Health Association and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health are also celebrating this week in several different ways.” 

March 26  

WFMZ Allentown— UVM Master of Public Health Program Earns National Accreditation

The news is timely, given the new-found awareness and appreciation for the science of public health due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and a reported 20 percent increase in Master of Public Health Program applications in 2020, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. 

March 24  

NBC 7 San Diego COVID-19 Pandemic Inspiring People to Attend Public Health Schools 

According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, Public health schools in the United States saw a 23% jump in applicants for master’s and doctoral programs from fall 2019 to fall 2020. They are seeing an even bigger jump in this year’s applications for fall 2021.” 

March 17  

The WeekThe ‘Fauci Effect’ is Driving Up Applications for Public Health Graduate Programs

“Public health schools saw a 23 percent year-over-year jump in applications for graduate programs in the fall of 2020, and they’re reporting an even bigger increase in the spring application cycle, Stat News reports, citing the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. It appears to be partly the result of the so-called ‘Fauci effect,’ said the association’s CEO Laura Magaña, referring to the United States’ top infectious disease expert, who has become a national presence throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

March 17  

Yahoo NewsThe ‘Fauci Effect’ is Driving Up Applications for Public Health Graduate Programs

“Public health schools saw a 23 percent year-over-year jump in applications for graduate programs in the fall of 2020, and they’re reporting an even bigger increase in the spring application cycle, Stat News reports, citing the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. It appears to be partly the result of the so-called ‘Fauci effect,’ said the association’s CEO Laura Magaña, referring to the United States’ top infectious disease expert, who has become a national presence throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

March 17  

STAT NewsDriven by the Pandemic and ‘the Fauci Effect,’ Applicants Flood Public Health Schools

“Public health schools, for example, saw a 23% jump in applicants for master’s and doctoral programs from fall 2019 to fall 2020, and are reporting an even bigger increase so far in this application cycle, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. One reason is what Laura Magaña, the CEO of the association, called ‘the Fauci effect,’ after the now-famous U.S. health official Anthony Fauci.”

March 16  

USA TodayEmissions Enigma, Mask Scofflaw’s Dare, Ammon Bundy Saga: News From Around Our 50 States

“According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, there was an 20% increase in applications to master’s in public health programs for the current academic year. That’s among the more than 100 schools and public health programs that use the common application — a single admissions application form that students can send to multiple schools.”

March 13  

Associated PressIn Midst of Pandemic, Loyola Launches Public Health Degree

“According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, there was an 20% increase in applications to master’s in public health programs for the current academic year. That’s among the more than 100 schools and public health programs that use the common application — a single admissions application form that students can send to multiple schools.”

March 13  

US News & World ReportIn Midst of Pandemic, Loyola Launches Public Health Degree

“According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, there was an 20% increase in applications to master’s in public health programs for the current academic year. That’s among the more than 100 schools and public health programs that use the common application — a single admissions application form that students can send to multiple schools.”

March 13  

New Orleans City BusinessIn Midst of Pandemic, Loyola Launches Public Health Degree

“According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, there was an 20% increase in applications to master’s in public health programs for the current academic year. That’s among the more than 100 schools and public health programs that use the common application — a single admissions application form that students can send to multiple schools.”

March 13  

Hammond Daily StarIn Midst of Pandemic, Loyola Launches Public Health Degree

“According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, there was an 20% increase in applications to master’s in public health programs for the current academic year. That’s among the more than 100 schools and public health programs that use the common application — a single admissions application form that students can send to multiple schools.”

March 12  

PR NewswireCUNY SPH to be Honored with ASPPH Award for Outstanding Community Service

“At its 2021 Annual Meeting this month, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) will present the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) with the Harrison C. Spencer Award for Outstanding Community Service. The prestigious award was created to honor Dr. Spencer, a pioneer in public health with a long-standing commitment to principles of social justice with a focus on community engagement to address the social determinants of health.”

March 12  

EurekAlertCUNY SPH to be Honored with ASPPH Award for Outstanding Community Service

“At its 2021 Annual Meeting this month, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) will present the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy (CUNY SPH) with the Harrison C. Spencer Award for Outstanding Community Service. The prestigious award was created to honor Dr. Spencer, a pioneer in public health with a long-standing commitment to principles of social justice with a focus on community engagement to address the social determinants of health.”

March 7 

Student Assembly of the State University of New York Interest in Public Health Among Students Increase as the Pandemic Continues 

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, all in all, witnessed a 20% increase in applications for master’s in public health programs across over 100 schools that use the common application, a single admission application submitted to multiple universities.”

March 7 

Huntington Herald DispatchWest Virginia Sees Increase in Enrollment in Graduate Programs 

“The Associated Press reported in November that public health programs across the United States have seen a surge in enrollment despite the pandemic. There was a 20% increase in applications to master’s in public health programs for the 2020-21 academic year, to nearly 40,000, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, the AP wrote.” 

February 2021 

February 24

PR WeekThe Vaccine Project Newsletter: Moving the Needle on Vaccine Confidence— and Healthcare Equity

An hour-long webinar on communication strategies to build confidence and trust in COVID-19 vaccines is available from the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health. Partners in the effort include the American Public Health Association and the de Beaumont Foundation.” 

January 2021 

January 25

Medical XpressThe Public Health Employment Picture: Are Graduates Meeting the Demands of the Workforce? 

“In a study to gain understanding of the future public health workforce, researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), conducted a large-scale analysis of the first employment outcomes of public health graduates and found that 78 percent were employed including 5 percent employed in fellowships and internships.” 

January 25

EurekAlert— The Public Health Employment Picture: Are Graduates Meeting the Demands of the Workforce? 

“In a study to gain understanding of the future public health workforce, researchers at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), conducted a large-scale analysis of the first employment outcomes of public health graduates and found that 78 percent were employed including 5 percent employed in fellowships and internships.” 

January 22

Florida TrendCoronavirus Spurs Students to Seek Public Health Degrees  

“Public health programs that use the common application for admissions reported a 20 percent increase in applications to master’s in public health programs for the 2020-21 academic year, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.”  

January 14 

Tampa Bay TimesCoronavirus Spurs Huge Rise in Students Seeking Public Health Degrees 

“Public health programs that use the common application for admissions reported a 20 percent increase in applications to master’s in public health programs for the 2020-21 academic year, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.”  

January 8 

Creators SyndicateFinding a New Way to Look at the New Year 

“According to an Associated Press and Kaiser Health Network report, as the coronavirus has swept through the country, ‘Public health programs in the United States have seen a surge in enrollment … (as) a new generation is entering the field.’ As reported by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, there has been a 20% increase in applications to master’s in public health programs.” 

January 5 

Infectious Disease Special Edition— Antibiotic Use High During ED and Observational Hospital Visits 

“‘With the threat of antibiotic resistance in mind, it is important to closely examine antibiotic prescribing habits in many care settings to create appropriate antibiotic stewardship plans,’ commented Leigh Ellyn Preston, DrPH, an Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health/CDC public health fellow in the CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion.” 

November 2020 

November 27 

HealthlineDoctors Are Retiring Due To COVID-19: Why You Might Have a Hard Time Finding a New One 

The pandemic is apparently already prompting a surge in students enrolling in public health programs. The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health reports a 20 percent increase in applications to master’s in public health programs for the current academic year.” 

November 24 

The Miami TimesStudents Flock to Careers in Public Health 

Among the more than 100 schools and public health programs that use the common application – a single admissions application form that students can send to multiple schools – there was a 20% increase in applications to master’s programs in public health for the current academic year, to nearly 40,000, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.”  

November 22

The Norman Transcript Public Health Programs See Surge In Students Amid Pandemic   

Among the more than 100 schools and public health programs that use the common application — a single admissions application form that students can send to multiple schools — there was a 20% increase in applications to master’s in public health programs for the current academic year, to nearly 40,000, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

November 20 

ABC Action NewsStudents Showing Increased Interest In Public Health Programs During Pandemic 

The spotlight on public health may be sparking interest in new students, too. According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, among the more than 100 schools and public health programs using the Common App, there was a 20% increase in applications to master’s in public health programs for the current school year.”  

November 19 

Ark Valley VoiceOur Nation’s Public Health Sector: Attracting New Professionals While Under Attack 

According to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, as reported by WTKR television in Virginia, there was a 20 percent increase in applications to master’s in public health programs in that state for the current academic year, growing to nearly 40,000.” 

November 18 

The HillPandemic Drives Surge of Interest In Public Health Field 

Now, the next generation of public health experts is growing — and fast. The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health reported nearly 40,000 applicants this year to more than 100 schools and public health programs that use the common application form, a 20 percent increase from previous years.”  

November 18 

Arkansas Democrat GazettePandemic’s Ravages Kindle Interest in Public Health   

Among the more than 100 schools and public-health programs that use the common application — a single admissions application form that students can send to a number of schools — there was a 20% increase in applications to public-health master’s programs for the current academic year, to nearly 40,000, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

November 17 

Kaiser Health News Public Health Programs See Surge In Students Amid Pandemic   

“Among the more than 100 schools and public health programs that use the common application — a single admissions application form that students can send to multiple schools — there was a 20% increase in applications to master’s in public health programs for the current academic year, to nearly 40,000, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

November 17 

PBS News Hour— Public Health Programs See Surge In Students Amid Pandemic 

“Among the more than 100 schools and public health programs that use the common application — a single admissions application form that students can send to multiple schools — there was a 20% increase in applications to master’s in public health programs for the current academic year, to nearly 40,000, according to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

October 2020 

October 16 

The HillExperts, Public Health Groups Denounce ‘Herd Immunity’ Strategy Supported By Trump Administration; ProPublica Examines CDC’s Handling Of COVID-19 Pandemic

“In a statement Thursday, groups like the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the American Public Health Association, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and the Public Health Institute condemned the declaration and the flaws in its arguments. ‘Covid-19 carries a much higher risk of severe disease and death than other infections where herd immunity was attempted before a vaccine was available,” the groups said. “It is illogical to ignore public health and scientific evidence when so many lives are at stake.’”

September 2020 

September 23 

U.S. News – How Coronavirus Spotlights Public Health Majors 

A list is maintained by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, which says applications to undergraduate programs at member schools have more than doubled in the past five years and numbered more than 23,000 in 2019. About 64% of public health majors go straight into a job upon graduation, while 26% pursue graduate education, according to ASPPH surveys. 

August 2020 

August 21 

Infectious Disease Special Edition – COVID-19 Spurs Renewed Crisis in OUD Patients 

“Opioid use disorder (OUD) has become an epidemic within the COVID-19 pandemic, a panel of public health experts said during a webinar organized by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

August 18 

SDSU NewsCenter – SDSU Interim Vice President for Research Named 

“[Hala Madanat] currently serves as board member for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher’s COVID-19 Equity Taskforce.” 

August 13 

Pharmacy Practice News – COVID-19 Spurs Renewed Crisis in OUD Patients 

“Opioid use disorder (OUD) has become an epidemic within the COVID-19 pandemic, a panel of public health experts said during a webinar organized by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

August 3 

The Pew Charitable Trusts – Lack of Public Data Hampers COVID-19 Fight 

“The groups included Frieden’s organization, Resolve to Save Lives, along with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the American Public Health Association, Trust for America’s Health and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.” 

July 2020 

July 24

General Surgery News COVID Compounds Opioid Public Health Emergency

“On the plus side, a more widespread adoption of telehealth services has increased access to opioid and substance use disorder therapy and treatment, they noted in the discussion, which was organized by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.”

YubaNet – Most of United States Not Reporting Essential COVID-19 Data

“The list of essential indicators were reviewed and endorsed by leading public health organizations, including The Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the American Public Health Association, Trust for America’s Health, The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, and the Big Cities Health Coalition.”

July 21 

Route Fifty – State Data Reporting on the Coronavirus is Falling Woefully Short 

“The association, along with the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Trust for America’s Health, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health and the Big Cities Health Coalition have reviewed and endorsed the list of essential indicators in the report. 

July 10

Texas A&M TodayPublic Health Professor Remembered As Top Of His Field 

“In addition to being named the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Presidential Professor at the University of Oklahoma, McLeroy co-chaired the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health Behavioral and Social Science workgroup for the master’s degree in public health core competencies.”

July 7

Cision PRWEb – Mediaplanet Partners With South University to Promote Careers in Public Health 

“Today, aspiring public health professionals can expect a career that is dynamic, with plenty of ways to make an impact. ‘You could be developing or advocating for new policies, collecting and analyzing data, designing or implementing programs, developing treatments and vaccines, creating marketing and communication campaigns, or a variety of other work. But the core of the field is working to improve health outcomes, which includes addressing the societal and systemic factors that lead to improved health,’ says Tracie Seward of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, in an original article published within the campaign.”

June 2020 

June

AAMCBrief for Amici Curiae Association of American Medical Colleges, Et Al., in Support of Respondents 

Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health—represents more than 120 schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.” 

June 29

Contagion Live – Infectious diseases todayPneumoconiosis-Associated Deaths Continue to Decline in US 

“‘The decrease likely reflects the impacts over the past several decades of prevention strategies and also less people in the US working in jobs with heavy exposure to mineral or cotton dust,’ Jessica Bell-Johnson, MPH, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health/CDC public health fellow, told Contagion®. ‘Despite the decline, it is important to recognize that pneumoconiosis-associated deaths do not typically occur until many decades after exposures to causative dust.'”

June 26

Pharmacy Practice News — PanelCOVID Compounds Opioid Public Health Emergency 

“Some people with opioid use disorder have turned to alcohol or benzodiazepines as a temporary substitute for lack of access to opioids, and suicides due to depression and/or unemployment are occurring, they said in a discussion of how the COVID-19 pandemic is impeding efforts to prevent and treat opioid use disorder. On the plus side, a more widespread adoption of telehealth services has increased access to opioid and substance use disorder therapy and treatment, they noted in the discussion, which was organized by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.”

June 23

Healio Pneumoconiosis deaths decreased 40% from 1999 to 2018 

“‘Pneumoconiosis-associated deaths continue to occur, underscoring the importance of occupational dust exposure reduction and early case detection,” Jessica L. Bell-Johnson, MPH, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health/CDC public health fellow, told Healio. “Medical surveillance can identify at-risk groups of workers, which can help prioritize efforts to reduce exposures.'”

June 10

TimesNewsTimes News Blog: Latest on local impact of COVID-19 

“Dr. Robert Pack, executive director of East Tennessee State University’s Addiction Science Center, will moderate a panel discussion, via webinar, on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting efforts to address the opioid crisis. The webinar, which is part of the 2020 Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Virtual Annual Meeting, will be held on Friday, May 8, from 1-2 p.m.”

Wellesley Wicked Local –  Wellesley man named to chief academic post at Wentworth 

“On a national level, [Ian Lapp, Ph.D.,] has chaired several significant committees for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, was the president of the Council on Education for Public Health and served as a board member for the National Board of Public Health Examiners.”

June 8

JPHMPOde To Public Health Academy: Urgent Call To Reform And Go Beyond Pretty Words

“The latest data show that Black public health faculty with the professor rank made up less than 3% of all public health faculty compared with 81% for White faculty members at the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health member schools.”

June 3

MENAFMRachel R. Hardeman 

“Dr. Hardeman is the 2019 awardee of the Dr. Josie R. Johnson Human Rights and Social Justice Award from the University of Minnesota and the 2020 recipient of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASSPH) Early Career Public Health Research Award.”

June 1

Kaiser Family Fund (KFF)Opinion Pieces Discuss President Trump’s Decision To Withdraw U.S. From WHO, Potential Impact On Global Health, U.S. Global Standing 

STAT: By cutting ties with the World Health Organization, Trump endangers global public health Sandro Galea, physician, dean of the Boston University School of Public Health, and chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (5/31).”

May 2020 

May 31

STATBy cutting ties with the World Health Organization, Trump endangers global public health 

“In a statement, the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health, of which I am chair of the Board of Directors, reaffirmed that the American academic public health community will continue to engage with the WHO regardless of this country’s official membership status.”

May 18 

The Hill – Preventing the Next Pandemic Through Investment in Academic Public Health 

“Laura Magana, PhD, is president and CEO of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH);” 

May 15

University of KentuckyFauci, Arnett, Others to Discuss the Future of Academic Public Health 

“The closing plenary session of the Virtual Annual Meeting for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health will be May 15 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. The meeting will include messages from several leaders in public health, including director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci, and University of Kentucky College of Public Health Dean Donna Arnett. The panel will also include Dean Jim Curran from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, and Dean Ana Diez from the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. Sandro Galea, dean of the Boston University School of Public Health, will moderate.”

May 8

WKRNOpioid crisis sees impact of COVID-19 in Middle Tennessee 

“Friday’s panel discussion will be in the form of a webinar that’s part of the 2020 Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Virtual Annual Meeting. It will be held from 1-2 p.m. Presenters will include: Anne Hazlett, special advisor for rural affairs with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy in the Executive Office of the President; Brandon Marshall, associate professor at Brown University School of Public Health; and Regina LaBelle, director of the Addiction & Public Policy Initiative and distinguished scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center.”

May 4

Eurek Alert – Public health training in climate change: What are prospective employers thinking?

“In addition to searching keywords or a combination of terms on Indeed.com and LinkedIn, the authors were provided access to 32,093 job postings on the free job board managed by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH). The researchers found a statistically significant increase in the number of jobs in the ASPPH job board which mentioned climate change or global warming over the last 16 years.”

April 2020 

April 8

The HillNow is the time for a national public health reserve 

“Structural and operational aspects of coordination must not stand in our way of banding together as we battle the flames of COVID-19. We propose immediate state and federal funding to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health to develop and implement a governance structure, recruitment strategy, data sharing and privacy plan, and matchmaking process in conjunction with state and local health departments. Faculty and new public health graduates are an immediate source of volunteers.”

April 7

The San Diego Union-TribuneColumn: County medical director brings compassion to challenging COVID-19 role  

“‘We in the U.S. will experience something we’ve never gone through before,’ Yphantides warned in the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health webinar. ‘This is the mother lode. This is the Super Bowl of public health…. We are entering a war with a virus but … we don’t have the weapons yet to fight it.'”

April 4

CommonWealth MagazineCommonwealth’s COVID-19 response leaves too many behind 

Sandro Galea serves as co-chair of the Emergency Task Force on Coronavirus & Equity and is dean and Robert A. Knox Professor at the Boston University School of Public Health and chair of the board of the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health.”