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Our mission

Our overarching mission is to promote and protect the health and wellbeing of everyone in society by playing a leading role in assuring an effective public health workforce, promoting public health knowledge and advocating for the very best conditions for good health.

We are guided by our three main charitable objectives, which are to:

  • promote for the public benefit the advancement of knowledge in the field of public health
  • develop public health with a view to maintaining the highest possible standards of professional competence and practice
  • act as an authoritative body for the purpose of consultation and advocacy in matters of educational or public interest concerning public health.

Our vision

Better health for all.

What we do

To fulfil our role in standard setting and supporting the public health profession the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) works in three key areas:

Education and Standards

Setting, monitoring and promoting standards in education and training for public health in the UK through:

  • Examinations
  • Appraisal guidance
  • Setting standards for revalidation
  • Approving training placements and assuring quality of training
  • Developing career structures for the new public health workforce
  • Making recommendations for inclusion on the specialist register

Professional Standards

  • Providing professional advice to employers and others on senior public health appointment procedures
  • Advising and setting standards on workforce planning for the specialty of public health
  • Developing the role of the FPH Local Affairs Committees (FLACs)
  • Encouraging the development of public health networks
  • Submitting nominations for consultants' higher awards in the UK
  • Recognising excellence in public health by the award of distinction grades of membership
  • Introduction of Associate status to promote greater communication with a wider public health workforce
  • Continuing professional development

Health Policy and Advocacy

  • Forging effective partnerships with related organisations to develop and advocate on policies which will improve the public's health
  • Influencing policy by responding to a wide range of consultations
  • Producing evidence-based policy and publications on a range of public health issues to promote knowledge and understanding
  • Sharing good practice and knowledge by organising a range of events, including conferences and workshops
  • Offering a series of electronic network groups to facilitate communication and shared learning
  • Delivering a programme of communications to disseminate information including through ebulletins, FPH's website and quarterly magazine
  • Developing international public health links

As a professional body FPH creates and promotes international standards of practice and supports their development in partnership with other countries.

Other important aspects of our work include forging alliances across all sectors of society with those with an interest in public health (particularly local government), identifying and reducing inequalities and promoting academic research.

FPH also seeks to promote public health by engaging with the public, particularly through the work of its members.

Strategic objectives


  • To develop and assure a fit-for-purpose UK specialist public health workforce and contribute to and influence the wider public health workforce
  • To develop the understanding of science and professional knowledge supporting public health
  • To advocate for and promote actions that ensure that society in its widest sense improves and protects health and reduces health inequalities
  • To deliver the above through an effective, efficient and well-governed organisation which is valued by its members and stakeholders.

    To find out more about FPH's work programmes read our Annual Report.


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