Chief medical officer Sir Liam Donaldson has established an annual awards event for those working in public health.
He said people working in the field should be given more recognition.
"Public health in England has a long and proud history, and our current system is the envy of many other countries in the world," he said.
"Yet those working to improve the health of our citizens do not always get the recognition they deserve.
"In establishing these awards I hope to shine a spotlight on public health and increase awareness of the exciting and innovative work taking place that will truly make a difference to the health of the nation."
Sir Liam invited entries demonstrating impact and sustainability from individuals and teams working in public health in England.
Gold, silver and bronze titles will be awarded at an event in June.