What is the Royal Society for Public Health?

Find out who we are, a brief introduction to our Directors and Trustees, details of our Strategic Priorities and Partnerships, how to Leave us a Legacy and, finally, how to find us or get in touch.


Introduction to RSPH

Established in 1856, the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is an independent campaigning and educational charity dedicated to improving and protecting the health of people just like you – both in the United Kingdom and around the world.

Our Membership includes thousands of healthcare professionals, food safety specialists, environmental health experts, policy makers, academics, students and many other people from all walks of life, who share one thing in common - we care passionately about protecting the public's health.

To help fund our work - and safeguard our independent voice - we offer a variety of services that contribute in different ways to fulfilling our vision. Whether that involves educating people directly through our QualificationsTraining them in their workplaces or schools, publishing our respected peer-reviewed journals (Public Health and Perspectives in Public Health) or by providing Accreditation for third-party health campaigns and training programmes.
Significantly, we are also the UK's leading OFQUAL regulated Qualifications Awarding Organisation in the field of Public Health. Every day, hundreds of thousands of RSPH Qualified professionals fulfil vital roles - quietly and without fanfare - in communities the length and breadth of the country.

Whatever we do, we remain incredibly proud that, over the last 160 years, our work has had a positive and lasting impact on the lives of millions of people. And, as we adapt and evolve to meet the public health challenges of the 21st century, we hope that you - individuals, businesses, public organisations, academic institutions and our friends in the media - will work with us to fulfill our vision. And share in our achievements.

Who We Are

Find out about our Board of Directors, our Vice Presidents and our Trustees. You'll also find details here about how the Royal Society for Public Health is governed.


We work with a range of stakeholders across public health including accredited bodies, government bodies and charities

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History of RSPH

While the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is a modern, forward-looking organisation, our roots go back to the 1850s - and the genesis of global public health consciousness. We adopted our current name in October 2008, following the merger of the Royal Institute of Public Health (RIPH) and the Royal Society of Health (RSH) - combining the very best of both organisations together in one. Tracing our history back over the last 160 years, we've had a variety of names and functions - but all have been dedicated to protecting the public's health.


  • Royal Institute of Public Health (RIPH)

    The RIPH’s origins date back to 1856 and the setting up of The Public Health Medical Society. In 1892, the society was incorporated as the British Institute of Public Health, and in 1897 when Queen Victoria became the patron, the name was changed to Royal Institute of Public Health. In 1937, it merged with the Institute of Hygiene (established in 1903).
  • Royal Society of Health (RSH)

    The Royal Society for the Promotion of Health was established in 1876 following the landmark Public Health Act of 1875. Previously known as the Sanitary Institute (1876-1904) and the Royal Sanitary Institute (1904–55), it was created during a period of great change within the areas of public health provision and sanitary reform to which it contributed significantly.

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Latest Public Health News


Read our blog posts for thoughts and opinions on a range of public health topics

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Get in Touch

Find out how to Contact us and check if we have any Job Vacancies, at the moment.

Contact Us

Contact us for more information about our work and how we support the public health community.

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