Membership of the Faculty of Public Health Exams

Membership of the Faculty of Public Health consists of the Diplomate (DFPH) and the Final Membership (MFPH) examinations.

Postponement of FPH examinations due to COVID-19

Given the rapidly evolving response to the COVID-19 epidemic and the change in government policy and advice this week, the Faculty of Public Health has taken the difficult decision to postpone all Faculty examinations scheduled before September 2020. The exams affected are:

• MFPH examinations on 23 April and 10 June 2020 
• Diplomate examination on 1 - 2 June 2020.

We are aware that this may impact on progression through training for some members, and we would urge you to discuss with your Educational Supervisor and, if necessary, get in touch with your Training Programme Director or Head of School. We have published a comprehensive set of FAQs relating to exams.  

All candidates booked on exams in April and June will be given the choice of a full refund of the exam fees or carrying their fee over to a future sitting. Other expenses incurred unfortunately cannot be refunded. We are looking at dates and resources for revised sittings of the Diplomate and MFPH exams later in the year, and we will publish these dates as soon as we can do so with any confidence in a rapidly evolving situation. We will aim to treat all our members fairly and equitably, and give priority places to candidates previously booked on the exams.

We understand that this will be disappointing, though probably not unexpected news, but it is a unique and unavoidable situation. We do not take the postponement of examinations lightly and therefore have considered all options before taking this decision. Public health teams are in the vanguard of the battle against COVID-19 and the Faculty must protect the health and wellbeing of its members, especially trainees. 

If you wish to discuss this postponement with one of the Faculty team, please contact the Education Team directly on


The Faculty of Public Health Diplomate Examination (DFPH)

The DFPH is intended to test a candidate's knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis of public health. Success in the DFPH leads to election into Diplomate Membership.

The Final Membership Examination (MFPH)

The MFPH is designed as a 'show how' assessment of the candidate's ability to apply relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes to the practice of public health. Success in the MFPH examination leads to election into Full Membership of the Faculty of Public Health.

We welcome applications from anyone with a university degree, it is not necessary to have a medical qualification or to be enrolled in a training course.

Please note that these were formerly the Part A (DFPH) and Part B (MFPH) exams and the new titles reflect a rebranding of the exams only.  The syllabus for the exams remains the same and as such, successfully passing the Part A and Part B exams will be accepted as the same as passing the DFPH and MFPH exams.

Useful Documents relating to both the Diplomate and Final Membership Examinations