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Fellowship

Who is eligible?

There are three routes to Fellowship of the Faculty of Public Health (FFPH): 

Fellowship via membership

FPH members who have completed their higher specialty training in public health in the UK, and who have specialist registration in public health with either the GMC, GDC or the UKPHR are eligible for Fellowship of the Faculty.  Any other FPH members (all grades) who have specialist registration in public health are also eligible to apply for Fellowship via membership.

Fellowship by exemption

NB: Fellowship by exemption will no longer be automatically available for Defined Specialists who submit a portfolio to the UK Public Health Register (UKPHR) after 1 July 2013 (please see Changes to eligibility to the FPH category of Fellowship).

Fellowship by exemption is available to those who are not FPH members but are judged by the FPH Board to have the training and qualifications equivalent to that required for Fellowship via membership.

The following groups of non-members have been identified as suitable for Fellowship by exemption:

  • Consultants in communicable disease control
  • Public health dentists
  • Specialists on the UKPHR (non-members) including Defined Specialists who registered with the UKPHR prior to 1 July 2013
  • Applicants for specialist registration – Certificates of Eligibility for Specialist Registration
  • Other senior public health specialists eg. those European Economic Area nationals (plus Switzerland) with specialist medical qualifications in public health medicine awarded outside the UK who gain inclusion in the General Medical Council Specialist Register in public health medicine or a related specialty as a result of mutual recognition of their qualifications.

Are there fees involved in being admitted?


All elected Fellows who are already members do not pay any fees on their admission to Fellowship, but will be required to pay the annual Fellowship subscription fee in January of each year.

Those individuals who are not members of FPH but are registered to the UKPHR, GMC or GDC and are eligible for Fellowship will be required to pay a one-off registration, a one-off exemption fee and a pro-rata Fellowship subscription fee on admission.

The relevant specialist register will notify FPH of persons who have been accepted onto their register.

Those who have already been accepted onto one of the UK specialist registers mentioned above but have not yet received an election pack for admission to Fellowship should contact

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Fellowship through distinction

Each year there is a round of proposals in which current Fellows of the Faculty are invited to nominate non-members for Fellowship through distinction.  Individuals must be proposed by at least two Fellows and be judged by the Board to merit Fellowship through distinction. This is based on their significant contribution to the science, literature or practice of public health or on their outstanding service to FPH.

Candidates for Fellowship through distinction will not be or previously have been a FPH member in any category, nor be on a specialist register in public health.

The candidate's admission to Fellowship should be seen to have at least as many advantages for FPH as for the candidate.

Candidates for whom these procedures would be appropriate include:

  • those who are not normally active in public health practice but who make a significant contribution to public health and are working at consultant-equivalent level or above
  • those whose post has no requirement for a qualification in public health medicine or in public health, but whose work involves a significant contribution to the practice of the discipline
  • those who may be active members of one or more colleges/specialist societies/professional bodies and are not eligible for Membership or Fellowship by exemption
  • those who are, or have been, working overseas at consultant level
  • those whom FPH wishes to recognise.

From the date of admission, Fellows through distinction are entitled to use the designation FFPH.

The proposal process


There is a timetable for proposals each year. Please see the Distinction grades of membership page for more information or contact

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