Revision course for the Part A of the examination for membership of the UK Faculty of Public Health

Two days
Course Type
Continuing professional development

The Part A Examination is the first of two elements of the Membership Examination for the UK Faculty of Public Health. The Part A Examination comprises four written papers sat over 2 days.

This two day course is designed to assist preparation for the Part A Examination.

The principal aim of the course is to assist delegates improve their examination technique for the Part A paper. Over the two days we will explore the more common ways in which topics in the syllabus are examined in Paper 1 and in light of these will consider various frameworks and approaches to structure written answers. Critical appraisal skills and data handling techniques will be revised to support preparation for paper 2.

Course Overview

1. How to structure your answer to questions on:

  • Research methods
  • Disease causation and the diagnostic process in relation to public health; prevention and health promotion
  • Health information
  • Medical Sociology, Social Policy and Health Economics
  • Organisation and management of health care and health care programmes

2. How to be a critical appraiser (and not describer)

3. How to overcome your “I don’t like stats” and Paper 2B fears.

The course will focus substantially on technique and not on content.  It is not suitable for delegates with no or only limited familiarity with the content of the Part A syllabus.

Where will this course be held?

Medical School (B1 on campus map), University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, B15 2TT.

The University is easily accessible by train, the University Station is only two stops from Birmingham New Street.

 There are two hotels on campus, both within a 10 minute walk of the Medical School.

Edgbaston park Hotel (G23 on campus map)

Lucas House Hotel (G16 on campus map)

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Course Programme

Day 1
Time Session Title
 09:00  Registration and Welcome
 09:30  Introduction and overview of the programme
 10:00  Paper 1A: Disease Causation, Prevention and Health promotion
 11:10  Refreshments
 11:30  Paper 1A: Disease Causation, Prevention and Health promotion (continued)
 12:15  Lunch (not provided)
 13:15  Paper 1A: Research Methods
 15:10  Refreshments
 15:30  Paper 2A: Critical Appraisal and Communication
 17:00  End of Day 1
Day 2
Time Session Title
 09:00  Review of Day 1 and Q&A
 09:30  Paper 1A: Health Information
 10:40  Refreshments
 11:00  Paper 1B: Medical Sociology, Social Policy and Health Economics
 12:15  Lunch (not provided)
 13:15  Paper 1B: Organisation and Management of Healthcare
 14:30  Paper 2B: Data manipulation and interpretation
 15:15  Refreshments
 15:30  Paper 2B: Data manipulation and interpretation (continued)
 16:30 Review of Day 2 and Q&A
 17:00  End of course

Programme subject to change.



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