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Professor Christina Pagel elected to an Honorary Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health

28 June 2024

Honorary Fellowship is the highest category of Faculty of Public Health (Royal Society of Medicine) membership, awarded to those who have made exceptional contributions towards public health practice or improving the health of the public.

Professor Christina Pagel

Professor Pagel (UCL Mathematics and Clinical Operational Research Unit at UCL) is internationally recognised for her work on heart disease in children and paediatric intensive care. 

The Operational Research Society has recognised her work through the award of the Companion of OR Prize, the Blackett Lectureship, the Lyn Thomas Impact Medal, and through Christina’s election as Vice-President of the Society. 

She is also a frequent commentator on the media, having receiving awards for science communication by the BMJ, Healthwatch, and the Royal Statistical Society’s Excellence in Journalism Award.

Professor Pagel commented: “I am honoured and flattered to have been elected. Although not clinically trained, I am a passionate believer in the importance of public health and have done my best to support the health of our nation, both directly in my research but also through public communication, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.” 

Examples of previous recipients of Honorary Fellowship include past Faculty of Public Health Presidents, Chief Medical Officers who have made a substantial impact on public health, and public health champions whose efforts have been instrumental in major changes to UK and global public health policy.

Professor Dame Jennifer Harries, CEO of the UK Health Security Agency and Deputy CMO for England, as well as Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees were also recipients alongside Professor Christina Pagel this year.

The UK Faculty of Public Health is the professional standards and membership body for public health specialists and practitioners. It has around 5,000 members across the UK and overseas.  The organisation’s mission is to improve and protect the health of the public.



  • Professor Christina Pagel

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