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!




Samuel J. Crumbine Award

2021 Recipient

Washoe County Health District

Congratulations to the Washoe County Health District in Nevada as the recipient of the 2021 Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection Award for Excellence in Food Protection at the Local Level. This award is given annually to a local environmental health jurisdiction that demonstrates unsurpassed achievement in providing outstanding food protection services to their communities. Diplomate George Nakamura is a juror on the Samuel J. Crumbine award committee.


Request for Comments: Definition of Sanitarian

The American Academy of Sanitarians Strategic Planning Committee proposes update  to the definition of Sanitarian. The committee requests comments and feedback (Link to Word doc) (Link to PDF) from Academy members prior to presentation to the Board of directors for adoption and incorporation into the Constitution and Bylaws.

Please review document links above and provide comments and feedback to Dr. Robert Powitz, Chair, Strategic Plan Committee at by December 20, 2021.


One “Jim” to Another - Congratulations!

Congratulations to Diplomate Laureate James “Jim” Dingman who was elected by AAS membership to a three year term on the Board of Directors. His term begins at the September Annual Business Meeting. Diplomate Dingman replaces long time Academy Director Diplomate Laureate James “Jim” Balsamo, who is term limited and elects to continue his service to the academy. Congratulations to Diplomate Balsamo for tenured and superior service to the Academy and environmental health profession!

The American Academy of Sanitarians Board of Directors unanimously conferred CAPT. USPHS (Ret) Gary P. Noonan MPA, RS, DLAAS as Diplomate Emeritus.American Academy of Sanitarians  Vice- Chair Vince Radke MPH, RS, DLAAS was awarded the National Environmental Health Association’s highest honor – the 2021 Walter S. Mangold Award.The American Academy of Sanitarians Board of Directors unanimously awarded David T. Dyjack, DrPH, CIH Honorary Diplomate status.




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