American Academy of Sanitarians, Inc.

Protecting Environmental Health Since 1966

AAS Welcomes You!

Prestigious Recognition for Environmental Health Professionals

The American Academy of Sanitarians (AAS) 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.

The AAS was formed in 1966 to improve the environmental health status of individuals through certification of those professionally credentialled environmental health practitioners and other environmental health professionals who, in an outstanding manner, have helped or are helping to achieve this long range goal. The Academy membership covers the breadth of environmental health. Certification by the Academy is open to persons who have attained high professional stature through leadership and accomplishment in the field of environmental health and meet the criteria for selection as a Diplomate. Since its inception, over 580 professional sanitarians have been awarded Diplomate status in the Academy. Eight diplomates have also qualified for certification as Diplomate Laureates.



AAS columns from the Journal of Environmental Health are now available!




Davis Calvin Wagner Sanitarian Award

2020 Recipient

Dr. Sheila Davidson Pressley

The Davis Calvin Wagner Sanitarian 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.




Election of Dr. Charles Hart to Diplomate Laureate in the American Academy of Sanitarians: It is with great pleasure that the American Academy of Sanitarians announces the election of Francis Charles Hart, PhD, CIH, CSP, RS as its eleventh Diplomate Laureate.  Dr. Hart began his career as a sanitarian with the Summit County Health Department in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.  He went on to serve as Health Commissioner in Ashtabula County and had a long and successful career as environmental health and safety director and adjunct faculty at Ohio University, Case Western Reserve University and Kent State University.  Dr. Hart also served on numerous professional advisory boards including NEHA and Campus Safety, and as a private consultant.  He was recognized as a Diplomate in the Academy in 1994.

New Joint Statement:  AAS joined NEHA and partners on the joint statement Racism Undermines Environmental Health Gains.

Now available:

Are We All Sanitarians?  Commentary by Larry Gordon and Jerrold Michael, Diplomates Emeritus

The Future of Environmental Health (1993) - Posted with permission from the Journal of Environmental Health, a publication of the National Environmental Health Association, 




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