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About MFPHMI Part II

The MFPHMI Part II exam consists of an oral assessment of two Public Health Reports completed by you.

There is a limit of three attempts for MFPHMI Part II.

A Public Health Report that is passed on one attempt may be 'banked' for future sittings.

Notice to candidates: This exam is changing in 2020

Candidates entering the MFPHMI Part II exam for the first time from April 2020 will be subject to new requirements. 

  • From April 2020, candidates applying for the first time will be required to submit two public health reports for the Part II examination. This is a reduction from the current requirement of three public health reports.
  • The format of the reports remains unchanged. However, the word count will be limited to 10,000 words for each report.
  • Both public health reports will be examined at an oral examination. The two reports may be submitted and examined either at one (the same) sitting or at different sittings.
  • The topic areas to choose from for the public health reports will not change, however there will no longer be a specific requirement for one of the public health reports to cover health protection.

There will also be a change to the format of the General Oral examination. This will be replaced by an Oral Examination of Professional Competence (OEPC)

  • It will be held on a separate day to the examination of the public health reports as the MFPHMI Part III exam.
  • You will not be able to attempt an OEPC until the report component of the examination has been fully passed.
  • You can expect to sit the OEPC about four months after successfully completing the public health reports component of the examination.
  • The first sitting of the OEPC will take place in Autumn 2021 (originally Autumn 2020 but postponed due to COVID19)

More information about the new Part II and Part III examinations will be made available in the Regulations document, available below.

This new examination format only applies to candidates presenting for the Part II examination for the first time in July 2020 (originally April 2020, postponed due to COVID19). If you entered the Part II exam before April 2020 you will be required to meet the current/old exam requirements (Three public health reports and a General Oral exam)

Please note that there will be some changes regarding Part II and Part III dates. Keep an eye on our website or reach out to the Examination Coordinator, see bottom of the page.

Public Health Reports

Your Public Health Reports must show that you have developed and applied a range of competencies from those outlined in the curriculum for Higher Specialist Training in Public Health Medicine, available below.

You must demonstrate that you can critically study an epidemiological or public health question, carry out in-depth investigations of the issues and propose appropriate solutions.

To find out more about the assessment of Public Health Reports, see our Guidance Document, Grading Criteria and Assessment Form, available at the end of this page.

Entry requirements

  • You must have passed the MFPHMI Part I within the last seven years
  • or be a registered medical practitioner who is exempt from MFPHMI Part I on the basis of passing the Part A Examination of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, UK or an equivalent examination within the last seven years

What to include with your application

There is an online application process for this exam. When you apply, you will be required to submit:

  • A completed copy of the MFPHMI supplementary application form, available at the end of this page
  • Two testimonial forms (one for each Public Health Report)
  • A scanned attested copy of your certificate of registration with your Medical Council

If you are exempt from MFPHMI Part I you must also submit:

  • An attested copy of your primary medical degree
  • A letter confirming that you have passed Part A Examination of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians, UK

Separately, you must also submit:

  • Three printed soft-bound copies of each Public Health Report. Printed reports must reach us by 5pm on the closing date for applications.
  • Soft copies of your Public Health Report; sent by email to examinations@rcpi.ie

Your documents 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, or your Embassy or High Commissioner.

Application fee

The fee to sit the MFPHMI Part II exam is €450. Candidates may choose to split the exam over two sittings, submitting one Public Health Report each time; the fee for each sitting is €225.  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.

If you require a visa

If you require a visa to take an exam, it is your responsibility to ensure the visa application is made in sufficient time before the examination date. We have no role in granting or refusing visas. A refund will not be given if you are unable to attend the examination as a result of a visa-related problem.

MRCPI MFPHMI Examinations Calendar 2021

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

Curriculum for Higher Specialist Training in Public Health Medicine

Your Part II Public Health Reports must show you have developed and applied competencies outlined in the curriculum for Higher Specialist Training

MFPHMI Exam Regulations (Updated)

Please read our exam regulations before you apply

MFPHMI Part II Public Health Reports - Guidance Document

Advice on what to write about, and formatting and submitting your Public Health Reports for Part II

MFPHMI Part II Public Health Reports - Grading Criteria

This document summarises how each Public Health Report will be graded to a pass, pass (subject to amendments) or fail result.

MFPHMI Part II Public Health Reports - Assessment Form

The assessment form our examiners use to grade Public Health Reports

MFPHMI Part II Public Health Reports - Testimonial Form

You need to provide one testimonial form per Public Health Report, signed by a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of Ireland or UK

MFPHMI Part II Supplementary Application Form

When you are applying for MFPHMI Part II you must submit this supplementary application form.

Apply HERE

Please notice the following:

  • The General Oral (GO) exam is taking place on 26 January 2021, with the opening day for applications on 23 November and the closing date 10 December 2020.

NOTE: The candidates who have submitted 2 PHRs and were successful in the Part II MFPHMI exam held in July and November 2020 sittings are eligible to apply for the GO. These candidates will be directly contacted by an exams coordinator by 27 November 2020, and emailed an application link including further details regarding this exam. 

  • For more information regarding the upcoming exam dates, please see the Examinations Calendar above or contact an exams coordinator for Public Health exams at mariannakyjovska@rcpi.ie.

Rechecks and Appeals

Find here the Recheck Form and MRCPI Appeal Policies.  

Cancellation policy

Before you apply, please read our Cancellation policy.

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.