Faculty of Public Health

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The Faculty of Public Health is the standard setting body for specialists in public health in the United Kingdom. The current President is Professor John Ashton, whose term of office runs from 2013-2015.

The Faculty of Public Health (formerly the Faculty of Community Medicine and then the Faculty of Public Health Medicine) was formed in 1972 by the three Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom (London, Edinburgh and Glasgow).

The Alwyn Smith Prize is a discretionary prize awarded annually "to the FPH member or fellow judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the health of the public by either research or practice in community medicine (public health medicine)."[1]

The Faculty seeks to promote public health through:

  • Promoting the education of public health doctors and other public health practitioners.
  • Examining public health doctors and other public health practitioners.
  • Promoting the profession of public health.
  • Developing and advocating policies for improving public health.

The Faculty has around 3,000 members in several classes:

  • Fellows (FFPH) (formerly FFPHM)
  • Members (MFPH)
  • Trainee Members
  • Diplomate Members (DFPH)

The Faculty is a registered charity.

The Faculty is an official supporting organisation of HIFA2015 (Healthcare Information For All by 2015).


  1. ^ "The UK's Faculty of Public Health:Faculty prizes". The UK's Faculty of Public Health. Retrieved 6 Mar 2012. 

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