The Royal Society for Public Health
(RSPH) is an independent charity formed in October 2008 following the merger of the Royal Institute of Public Health
(RIPH) and the Royal Society of Health
(RSH) -- two of the oldest professional bodies in the world.
The RIPH's origins date back to 1856 and the setting up of The Public Health Medical Society which was incorporated as the British Institute of Public Health in 1892. It gained royal patronage in 1897, and merged in 1937 with the Institute of Hygiene (established in 1903).
The RSH, also known as 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 born into a period of great change within the areas of public health provision and sanitary reform to which it contributed significantly. During its first fifty years, the Society became the leading public health organisation both in Great Britain
and the rest of the world. It was soon renowned for events and conferences on pioneering and topical issues, and developed qualifications for people working in public health professions. By the 1950s, the Society was a leading authority in its field, and was regularly consulted by governments and the international press on health-related issues. Since the 1970s, the Society has focused its activities on the most successful areas of its work - examinations, certification,... Read More