Become a Fellow

Fellow is the Royal Society for Public Health’s highest membership grade and offers a comprehensive range of benefits. One of these is being able to use the FRSPH post-nominals, which are a great way of demonstrating your public health expertise and experience. The RSPH membership team often get questions about what the FRSPH post-nominals mean, how they can be used and what members receive to prove that they are an RSPH Fellow. Post-nominals are a really key benefit that we are proud to offer our membership. Read on to find out more about the FRSPH post-nominals and how to become an RSPH Fellow.

Offering RSPH Fellowship to public health professionals is really important to us. It’s one of the ways that we acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of people working in public health roles across the world. We have thousands of Fellow members who work in a multitude of public health systems and the RSPH Fellowship is one of the ways that we help to connect people and expand their networks.

What does FRSPH mean?

Fellow (FRSPH) is RSPH’s highest membership grade and is designed for people who have been working in public health for over five years and/or are a registered Member of the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR). We also offer Fellow membership to people who are educated to Post Graduate level or equivalent from an academic institution or recognised professional body. FRSPH means Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and FRSPH are the post-nominals that all RSPH Fellows can use to show their commitment to public health and demonstrate their Royal Society for Public Health membership.

What benefits do RSPH Fellows get?

When you become an RSPH Fellow you will have access to a range of great benefits, which will support your career, help with your learning and widen your professional network.

Be recognised

  • Use of post-nominal letters: FRSPH
  • An annual certificate of membership – we will send you a digital copy of your certificate for you to download. We can also send you a hard copy if you request one
  • The opportunity to gain CPD points from our journal, webinars and certain conferences

Stay connected

  • Online access to our peer-reviewed journals Public Health, Perspectives in Public Health and Public Health in Practice. However, Public Health is ONLY available to Fellows.
  • Receive our monthly email newsletter with topical public health updates, news about RSPH and opportunities to get involved with our work
  • Access to exclusive content in our online Members’ Area – this includes our webinar recordings, your personal login area to manage your communication preferences and quick booking onto events

Get involved

  • Network at our conferences and courses for a discounted rate or join us for one of our free member events
  • Attend and have your say at our AGM
  • Participate in upcoming webinars and get exclusive access to our previous webinar series
  • Join our Special Interest Groups – we have groups on Food, Water, Arts and Health and Behaviour Change 
  • Participate in campaign and policy work

Be supported

  • Discounts on attending our conferences and courses
  • 10% off purchases in our online shop and training bookings
  • 10% discount on our online courses. Our online learning platform, RSPH Learn, has interactive courses on food safety, health improvement and HACCP
  • Access to our Food Safety Helpline
  • Discounted professional indemnity insurance

Where should I use the FRSPH post-nominals?

You can use the FRSPH post-nominals wherever you have your name in print. This includes email signatures, online profiles e.g if you’re a speaker at an event and social media accounts. Many of our members use their post-nominals across their social media profiles, so you’ll be able to spot other RSPH members easily. We have found that it’s really helpful to add them to your LinkedIn account, where networking and learning from other public health professionals is great for advancing your professional development and making new connections.

However, it is completely up to you how frequently or where you use your FRSPH post-nominals. If you have any questions about post-nominals (or any of the other RSPH Fellow membership benefits) you can get in touch with our membership team who will be happy to help you.

Where do I write FRSPH if I have other post-nominals?

There are established orders for writing out post-nominals if you have more than one that you want to use.

1st - Civil honours e.g OBE

2nd - Military honours

3rd - Appointments e.g. MP, QC

4th - Higher Education awards e.g PhD (if you have more than one academic qualification they should be listed in ascending order, starting with Undergraduate)

5th - Membership of academic or professional bodies e.g FRSPH

Do I get an FRSPH certificate?

All RSPH Fellow members get a certificate to show their membership. When you become an RSPH member, you’ll receive a digital version which you can share across your social media platforms. You can also get a hard copy of your certificate on request. The certificate includes your membership number, your membership level (in this case it would be Fellow) and is signed by our Chief Executive.

Who are RSPH Fellows?

If you join RSPH as a Fellow, you’ll be in great company! FRSPH members come from all over the world and work in a range of public health areas. They get involved in all areas of our work and we rely on their expertise to support our policy work, events and training. Some of our Fellow member also have positions within the organisation, including sitting on our Board of Trustees, leading our Special Interest Groups and speaking at our conferences.

RSPH Fellows have a range of expertise and areas of public health that they’re passionate about. Fellows have roles in (but certainly not limited to!) dental health, food safety, water hygiene improvement, infection control, the Allied Health Professions and public health consultancy.

You can read profiles from some of our amazing Fellows below.

Member spotlight: Dr Michael Weinbren

This month’s member spotlight is Consultant Microbiologist and Infection Control Doctor, Dr Michael Weinbren. Here, he tells us about who he has learnt from in his industry and what sport he was inspired to take up after a trip to Holland.

RSPH Member spotlight: Professor Vinay Kumar Bhardwaj

This month’s member spotlight is oral health specialist Prof. Vinay Kumar Bhardwaj FRSPH. Here he tells us all about his work providing dental treatments to rural communities in India and how he looks after his own health and wellbeing

​How do I become an RSPH Fellow?

Becoming an RSPH Fellow takes no longer than 10 minutes and you’ll get access to your member benefits straight away. You can join by:

If you have any questions about RSPH Fellow membership, please do get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to answer any questions that you have.

What is the criteria for becoming an RSPH Fellow?

All our Fellows are passionate about public health and using their membership to help make people healthier and learning from other public health professionals. There is some professional criteria that is required to join RSPH as a Fellow:

  • A career commitment to the improvement of population health and/or wellbeing AND
  • Educated to Post Graduate level or equivalent from an academic institution or recognised professional body OR
  • 5 years' experience in a public health related post OR
  • A registered Member of the UKPHR

How much does RSPH Fellowship cost?

There is an annual membership fee of £156.00 and a one-off £35 joining fee if you join online or £40 if you join using a paper application (you won’t get charged this again if you renew your membership). However, we offer a 5% discount on the annual fee if you pay your membership fee by Direct Debit.