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.

Future delivery of FPH examinations

Following the postponement in March 2020 of all exams due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Faculty decided in June 2020 to migrate all exams to an online, remote delivery platform for the foreseeable future. The Faculty is committed to supporting all registrars throughout their training pathway towards a successful CCT. While online delivery is a very different way of managing the examinations, we are very keen to maintain the current format and 'spirit' of the existing assessments.  

The application windows for both the Diplomate and Final Membership exams are now open. We are aware that the original postponement and delay in re-scheduling the exams may impact on progression through training for some members, and we would urge you to discuss this with your Educational Supervisor and, if necessary, get in touch with your Training Programme Director or Head of School. We have also published a comprehensive set of FAQs relating to exams.

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