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About MFPHMI Part I

The MFPHMI Part I examination tests your knowledge of public health medicine, including basic skills in research methods, data analysis, problem solving and communications.

The exam Syllabus may be found in the Regulations document below.

The exam is held once a year and consists of four written papers. Papers 1 and 2 are designed to test your knowledge. Papers 3 and 4 are designed to test your skills.

You have two hours to answer each paper.

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Paper 1

You must answer five questions covering the following subjects:

  • Epidemiology, statistics and research methods
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Health protection

Paper 2

You must answer five questions covering the following subjects:

  • Health intelligence
  • Social policy and health economics
  • Medical sociology and health psychology
  • Organisation and management of health care

Paper 3

Paper 3 tests your critical appraisal skills. You will be asked for commentary on and application of material in a scientific/medical article from a peer-reviewed journal. The article will be provided at the start of the exam paper.

Paper 4

Paper 4 tests your communication skills in relation to preparing a memorandum to the press, health authority, chief executive, Director of Public Health or a similar person on a local situation or problem. You are expected to demonstrate your ability to apply the basic skills of public health medicine to a set problem. This may include data manipulation and interpretation.

Entry requirements

  • You must hold a medical qualification from a medical school recognised by the World Health Organisation
  • There must be at least 12 months between the date of your primary medical degree graduation and the date of the exam
  • You must be a registered medical practitioner

Skills needed for this exam

To be successful in this exam, you need basic data handling skills and the ability to perform basic statistical techniques.

You will also need to understand and interpret results from more complex statistical techniques and be able to extract and manipulate data.

Other skills required for this exam include the ability to criticise research evidence and communicate in writing to a non-medical audience.

You are expected to be familiar with recent theoretical developments in Public Health Medicine.

If you haven't worked in Ireland

The MFPHMI Part I examination is designed to accommodate candidates with experience outside the Irish healthcare system.

We set generic questions that allow you to relate answers to your particular healthcare system.

Are you exempt?

You can apply for exemption from this exam if you have passed the Part A Examination of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom.

Repeat attempts

There is a limit of six attempts for MFPHMI Part I, including attempts at the Part A MFPH in the United Kingdom.

You have seven years from the date of passing Part I to pass Part II.

What to include with your application

This is an online application process. When you apply you will need to upload a scanned attested copy of your primary medical degree. Your medical degree can be attested by:

  • An Garda Siochana (Irish police force)
  • The issuing University or Medical School
  • A solicitor/ notary public/ lawyer
  • A Commissioner for oaths
  • An Irish or British Consulate
  • Your Embassy or High Commissioner

Official translations will only be accepted if they have been prepared and/or authenticated by:

  • The issuing University or Medical School
  • An Irish or British Consulate
  • Your Embassy or High Commissioner

Application fee

The fee to apply to this exam is €600. The method of payment is credit or debit card, taken at the end of the online application process.

Don't forget, if you're in Ireland you can claim a refund under the HSE Clinical Course and Examination Refund Scheme.

How to prepare

It's important to prepare for MFPHMI exams and not to underestimate how long it takes to get ready to sit Part I. Having an understanding of how each exam is formatted and how questions are constructed will help you prepare and develop good answering strategies. 

When you're preparing your study plan, make sure to refer to the syllabus for the Part I examination which is available below. You should also read the curriculum for Higher Specialist Training in Public Health Medicine, also available below.

MRCPI MFPHMI Examinations Calendar 2021

This calendar includes opening/closing dates for all 2021 examinations. TBC dates will be updated later in the year.

MFPHMI Exam Regulations

Please read our updated exam regulations before you apply.

Curriculum for Higher Specialist Training in Public Health Medicine

Order past papers

You can order past papers for this exam for a fee of €25 by submitting a past papers order form. Please reach out to the coordinator of Part I exam Marianna Kyjovska at mariannakyjovska@rcpi.ie for more details regarding this process.

Applying for this exam

Currently there are no applications open for MFPHMI Part I exam. 

The MFPHMI Part I exam is held once a year, in April. For more information regarding the upcoming exam date, please see the Examinations Calendar above.

Rechecks and Appeals

Find here the Recheck Form and more details about the MRCPI Appeal Policies.

Cancellation policy

Before you apply, please read our Cancellation policy



If you have passed Part I of the Membership of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine (MFPHMI) exam, you can become a Diplomate Member of the Faculty.

You can enjoy a range of exclusive life-long membership benefits from RCPI, such as free online journals from the BMJ and the New England Journal of Medicine, and an affinity scheme, offering discounts on medical equipment, hotels, insurance, travel and lots more.

To become a Diplomate Member of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine you must:

  • have passed Part I of the Membership of the Faculty of Public Health (MFPHMI) examination or Part A MFPH (UK)
  • be nominated by two Fellows of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine in good standing.

Nominations to Diplomate Membership are made by submitting a Nomination to Diplomate Membership Form, which is available on request - simply contact the Faculty by emailing FPHM@rcpi.ie

Contact us

We have a dedicated examinations support team in our Dublin headquarters. They are there to guide you through your full exam journey, from application to conferring. They are present at every exam and always happy to answer your questions.

Marianna Kyjovská

Coordinator, Examinations

Tel: +353 (0)1 8639762

Contact Marianna for queries related to Public Health exams and our MRCPI General Medicine Part II Written exam.