Diploma in Dental Public Health (DDPH)
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.
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 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.
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 2023
Application Deadline: 21 April 2023 | Written Exam Date: 30 June 2023 | SCRs Exam Date: 3 - 6 July 2023 | Exam Fee: £560
All completed forms should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Posted application forms will not be accepted.
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.
Contact the exams department
All dental exam queries (excluding the MFDS) should be emailed to DentalExams@rcseng.ac.uk
All document submissions for eligibility should be emailed to DentalEligibility@rcseng.ac.uk
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