Faculty of Public Health

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The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) is public health association established as a registered charity in the United Kingdom.[1] 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).

Stated purpose[edit]

FPH states[2] its mission as:

  • 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.


FPH has a paid membership of around 3,000 in several classes:

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


FPH is a registered charity and an official supporting organisation of HIFA2015 (Healthcare Information For All by 2015).

Alwyn Smith Prize[edit]

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)."[3]


  1. ^ "FPH about". Retrieved 26 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "FPH mission". 
  3. ^ "The UK's Faculty of Public Health:Faculty prizes". The UK's Faculty of Public Health. Retrieved 6 Mar 2012. 

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