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Why choose MFPHMI?

Your doorway to a professional network of Public Health specialists

Membership of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MFPHMI) is an internationally recognised benchmark of excellence, valued by healthcare employers worldwide.

MFPHMI is achieved through examination and is accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland as the leading knowledge-based assessment for Public Health Medicine in Ireland. It is an essential component of Higher Specialist Training in Public Health Medicine, which is the final stage of training before independent practice.

If you've chosen Public Health Medicine as a career path you need expert knowledge of health protection, health service development and health improvement.

The qualification of MFPHMI shows potential employers that you have advanced knowledge of Public Health Medicine - You can work to

  • protect the population from health threats such as communicable disease and environmental hazards
  • reduce health inequalities
  • support healthier lifestyles
  • protect and improve healthcare services for local populations

Quality assured against international standards

It takes immense dedication and a high degree of specialist knowledge to reach the standard required to achieve MFPHMI.

There's a lot at stake and you need to have faith in the delivery and grading of your exams.

We go to great lengths to ensure our exams are fairly and consistently marked. Each question is carefully reviewed and assessed for difficulty.

Our examiners are experienced Public Health physicians who have met strict eligibility criteria.

We are committed to continuously reviewing the format and delivery of our exams to ensure they are aligned with international best practice.

The gateway to a career in Public Health Medicine, undertaking the MFPHMI examinations also provides the opportunity to develop your knowledge base, your communication skills and career management. Membership of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine lets you play an important role in the governance and future direction of your professional body.

Professor Emer Shelley

Dean, Faculty of Public Health Medicine

Are you ready to take this exam?

You can sit MFPHMI Part I 12 months after completing your primary medical degree; however you should note that the level of knowledge, skill and understanding required is what we would expect from a competent practitioner in Public Health Medicine.

Part II tests more complex skills and is normally taken after you have some experience of working in Public Health Medicine at Higher Specialist Training level. Part II is designed to test whether you are at a level appropriate for a senior public health medical practitioner.

Professor Emer Shelley, Dean of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine

Joining the Faculty of Public Health Medicine

When you are conferred as a Member of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine, it marks a major milestone on the path to becoming a specialist.

The Faculty of Public Health Medicine has 230 Members and Fellows, who are experienced Public Health Specialists and leading experts in their field, representing a close-knit network of doctors in your specialty.

The Faculty works to

  • protect the population from health threats such as communicable disease and environmental hazards
  • reduce health inequalities
  • support healthier lifestyles
  • protect and improve healthcare services for local populations.

It is accredited by the Medical Council of Ireland and proud to meet the strict standards required to deliver postgraduate specialist training in Public Health Medicine.

After achieving MFPHMI, you may choose to become a Collegiate Member of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine. Collegiate Members enjoy a range of exclusive Membership benefits, 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.

You can read more about joining the Faculty here

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 MRCPI conferring. They are present at every exam and always happy to answer your questions.

Marianna Kyjovsk√°

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.