Our Mission & History

The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is a professional, medical society of more than 2,000 physicians dedicated to improving the health and quality of life of individuals, families, communities and populations through disease prevention and health promotion.

ACPM was founded in 1954 to create a professional home for the growing number of board-certified experts in preventive medicine. It was chartered as a nonprofit organization two years later in 1956.

Learn more about our mission and history.

Preventive Medicine

Preventive medicine specialists are licensed medical doctors (MD) or doctors of osteopathy (DO) who possess expertise in a broad range of health care skills, including biostatistics, epidemiology, planning and evaluation of health services, management of health care organizations, research, and the practice of prevention in clinical settings.

They apply their knowledge and skills to improve the health and quality of life of individuals, families, communities and populations through disease prevention and health promotion. What is preventive medicine?

Organizational Structure and Governance

The ACPM Board of Regents is comprised of executive officers and at-large members elected by the full membership and is guided by the bylaws, strategic plan, and codes of ethics to assure the highest level of professionalism for the College and the membership in the practice of preventive medicine.