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Diploma in Dental Public Health (DDPH)

Exam overview

This Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) diploma is designed to assess dental public health knowledge and application at sub-specialist level required to promote population health and well-being.


All candidates must have satisfactorily completed a suitable course of instruction in dental public health (or public health that includes dental public health), at a recognised institution in the United Kingdom or elsewhere at the discretion of the College. If a candidate has not completed a recognised masters course in dental public health or public health they may be required to provide evidence of the duration and content of the dental component of their course or be able to demonstrate equivalent professional experience (see Appendix I of the DDPH Regulations).

In addition all candidates must have held a primary dental qualification equivalent to a Bachelor of Dental Surgery for at least one year, which is registrable with the General Dental Council.

Exam format

Part 1

Part 1 of the DDPH exam consists of two written papers. 

Paper 1 is a short answer paper of two hours duration. The paper consists of four questions. Candidates are expected to answer all the questions. The questions represent a range of subject areas from the syllabus, with relevance to both overseas and UK-resident candidates.

Paper 2 is also a short answer paper of two hours duration, normally held on the same day as Paper 1. The paper consists of four questions. Candidates are expected to answer all the questions.

Part 2

Part 2 of the DDPH is a structured clinical reasoning (SCR) assessment. The examination consists of four assessments and is of 80 minutes duration. Candidates will have 10 minutes preparation time followed by 10 minutes questioning with a different examiner for each SCR. Candidates may be asked questions on any part of the syllabus. The SCR provides candidates with the opportunity to demonstrate a broad range of knowledge.


The DDPH examination is designed to assess knowledge, application of the principles of dental public health, the ability to organise ideas and validate thinking and the ability to interpret and communicate dental public health information, whilst challenging a candidate’s attitudes, values and opinions. The broad content areas are as follows:

  • Principles of Public Health
  • Public health aspects of dental services
  • Epidemiology of dental and oral diseases
  • Oral health improvement
  • Evidence based dentistry
  • Health and public protection

Please see the Diploma in Dental Public Health Syllabus for more information and an expansion of each content area.

Exam dates

Upcoming Exams Dates

The written section of the DDPH examination will be delivered via online remote examination - you can read our remote delivery guidance for more information. The SCR section of the DDPH examination will be delivered in person at the RCS England Examination Suite.

All applications must be received by 5pm on the closing date. Please read our exams guidance before applying.

Diploma in Dental Public Health June 2024

Application Deadline: 24 April 2024 | Written Exam Date: 28 June 2024 | SCRs Exam Date: 3 - 5 July 2024 | Exam Fee: £560

All completed forms should be emailed to Posted application forms will not be accepted.

Completion fee

There is a £230 completion fee for those completing an FDS Royal College of Surgeons of England diploma. This fee will be collected when you have passed the exam.


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