The Circle of Health© was developed in 1995-1996 in Prince Edward Island, Canada, to meet a need for a common framework, language and skills to guide the work of health promotion in the province.

The Circle of Health© is built on the health promotion theory and strengthened in its design by the input of the broader community. It has been subject to stringent evaluation and review by users in many settings. Since its launch in 1996, the Circle of Health© has been used in more than 20 countries and is available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Serbian.

The Quaich Inc. has been publishing the Circle of Health© since 2003 and was last published in 2009.