Applications for the 2021 40 Under 40 in Public Health class are now closed. The 2021 class will be announced in fall of 2021. The next application cycle will open in 2023.


To be eligible, you must be:

  • Actively working as a public health professional.
  • A current state or local government public health employee, OR someone who partners closely with a state or local health department to improve public health. (“State or local” applies to departments in states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories; tribal departments; and county and city departments.)
  • Under 40 years old as of December 31, 2021.

Selection Criteria

2019 honorees at the Leadership Summit in Kansas City.

Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Contributions to your organization, community, and the public health field. 
  • Demonstrated leadership in your organization. 
  • Collaboration within your organization and with community organizations or other partners. 
  • Focus on advancing policy solutions and/or engaging leaders and members in your community. 
  • Creative problemsolving — applying new and innovative ideas to improve public health. 
  • Commitment and vision for your organization, community, and/or your state or local public health department. 

Recognition Benefits

The leaders chosen for the “40 Under 40” list receive:

  • National recognition through national and regional media, public health associations, and social media. 
  • Opportunities to network with other young professionals and public health pioneers, including current and former 40 Under 40 honorees. 
  • Professional development opportunities, which may include writing, speaking, and contributing to national philanthropic initiatives.  

Questions? Send an email to or visit the FAQ page.

Thoughts from the 2019 class:

“The national spotlight helped give local leaders confidence in me.”

2019 honorees at the 2020 APHA Annual Meeting

“It was nice to be recognized for the work we do. I definitely am not one to ‘toot my own horn,’ but it felt great to be honored.”

“I enjoyed the opportunity to network with other honorees and increase the visibility of my work.”

“40 Under 40 gave me a national profile.”


Click image to meet the inaugural class of 40 Under 40 in Public Health.