American Academy of Sanitarians, Inc.

Protecting Environmental Health Since 1966

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AAS Welcomes You!

Prestigious Recognition for Environmental Health Professionals

The American Academy of Sanitarians is an organization that elevates the standards, improves the practice, advances the professional proficiency and promotes the highest levels of ethical conduct among professional sanitarians in every field of environmental health.


History of the American Academy of Sanitarians

The American Academy of Sanitarians (AAS) had its beginning in November 1956, when the Sanitarians Joint Council (SJC) held an organizational meeting at the American Public Health Association (APHA) Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The professionals who made up the SJC were representatives from three associations whose membership embraced the majority of sanitarians in the country. These organizations were: American Public Health Association (APHA), the International Association of Milk, Food and Environmental Sanitarians (IAMFES); later called the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), and, the National Association of Sanitarians (NAS); that became the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).
Read more about the history of the American Academy of Sanitarians.



As Chairman of the AAS Board of Directors, I would like to welcome you to our website. I invite you to learn how the academy is committed to supporting, developing, and recognizing extraordinary professional sanitarians working in the field of environmental health. The AAS website contains organizational information for current diplomates and details for those environmental health professionals considering membership.

I look forward to convening with fellow diplomates at the 2015 AAS Annual Business Meeting held during the National Environmental Health Association Annual Education Conference in Orlando, FL July 13-15.  


Vince Radke, MPH, RS, DAAS


The Davis Calvin Wagner Award represents the highest honor the American Academy of Sanitarians bestows upon a Diplomate. The Award is conferred for exceptional leadership ability, professional commitment, outstanding resourcefulness, dedication and accomplishments in advancing the Sanitarian profession and public health programs. The recipient is presented with a plaque and an honorarium.

Award nominations are due each year by April 15th.





View The History of the Sanitarian Profession by Robert W. Powitz. 


The next AAS Business Meeting will be held at the 2015 National Environmental Health Association AEC in Orlando, Florida July 13-15. Meeting details are provided under current events.   


Recent AAS Board Meeting minutes are now available.




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