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.

Delivery of FPH examinations during COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, government-imposed restrictions and social distancing measures, the Faculty announced in June 2020 that all exams would be delivered remotely and online for the foreseeable future. Following the successful online delivery of multiple sittings of both the Diplomate (DFPH) exam and Final Membership (MFPH) exam, the Faculty announced that all exams would continue to be delivered remotely throughout 2021.

The Faculty is committed to supporting registrars throughout their training pathway towards a successful CCT. We are also keen to maintain the format and 'spirit' of the in-person exams as far as possible. Orientation sessions are provided for both exams so candidates can become familiar with the new formats.

We have published a comprehensive set of FAQs relating to exams and you can contact the exams team: with any queries.

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