Applying for the Diplomate Membership Exam 

The examination is open to those who hold either of the following:

  • a university degree

  • equivalent qualifications and/or experience approved by the Education Committee.

Qualifications or experience which are accepted for entry into a Master's level university programme will most likely be approved by the Education Committee for entry into The Faculty of Public Health Diplomate examination (DFPH). It is not necessary to be enrolled on a training course to sit the examination.

The current sittings are listed in the table below: 

Please click here to view the timings of the exam.

Examination date

Application Opening date

Application Closing date

UK Fee

HK Fee**

Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th March 2022

1st December 2021

14th January 2022 (5pm)

Now closed



Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th October 2022

4th July 2022

11th August 2022 (5pm)



Please note closing dates are absolute. Applications received after 17:00 on the closing date will not be accepted.

Please click here to apply

For further information about the online exams, please see the FAQs.

Please note that a new set of Exam Regulations have now been published to reflect the change in format of the exam. 

For practical information and policies relating to both exams please see here.

Hong Kong College of Community Medicine (HKCCM) Candidates 

**Please note: There is an additional fee for candidates wishing to sit the examination in Hong Kong who do not have a medical background or are not on a Hong Kong training programme. See here for further information

Additional attempts

Please note that no candidate will normally be permitted more than six attempts at the examination without providing evidence of additional educational experience. Guidance regarding the additional educational experience process can be found on the FPH website in the section dealing with the application process. Candidates applying for their seventh or subsequent sitting will need to submit the additional attempt form in addition to the standard application form. 

Please see further information here

Tax relief for exam fees

The HMRC confirmed in 2015 that they are satisfied that public health registrars employed on a specialty training contract and who pay the MFPH exam fees themselves will qualify for a deduction of the cost of those fees against their earnings from that employment.

Registrars will be able to claim this tax relief either by completing form P87 or through their self-assessment tax return if they meet the criteria for self-assessment. For more information, please visit GOV.UK.

To allow HMRC to handle claims as efficiently as possible, registrars should include a receipt or proof of payment from the Faculty for the MFPH exam. Claims made without a proof of payment may be delayed while HMRC contact the individual to request supportive evidence.