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Programme Overview

Overall Curriculum Structure

(Applicable to students admitted to the curriculum in 2016-17 and thereafter)
The minimum credit unit requirement for the Master of Public Health is 69. 
  Credit weight
Core Courses 18
Concentration Courses 18
Elective Courses 6
Total course credits 42
Practicum 12
Capstone  15
Total credits 69


Core Courses

Code Title Credit Units
CMED6100 Introduction to biostatistics 3
CMED6200 Introduction to epidemiology 3
CMED6201 Principles of public health 3
CMED6704 Health behaviour and communication 3
CMED6901 Health leadership and management 3
CMED6900 Health policy and politics 3



Students enroll in one of the concentrations offered by the Master of Public Health for either a part-time mode of study, consisting of six terms over two calendar years or for a 1-year full-time programme.

Concentrations of Master of Public Health:

1.   Public Health Practice (PHP)
2.   Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EB)
3.   Control of Infectious Diseases (CID)
4.   Health Economics, Policy and Management (HEPM)

Aims and Objectives

The Master of Public Health is a broadly based graduate training programme designed to prepare physicians, dentists, nurses, other health professionals, medical and health researchers and policy analysts to identify and analyse contemporary health and healthcare issues in Hong Kong, China and the Asia Pacific. 

The aims and objectives of the Master of Public Health are to prepare students for public health practice and research through the acquisition of

  • foundational knowledge within the 5 core areas of Public Health
  • an in depth understanding of local, regional and international health determinants and outcomes,
  • skills to initiate policy responses required to protect and promote population health
  • an in depth knowledge of the relevant theories and practice in public health
  • skills necessary to design and implement public health research and translate public health knowledge into practice
  • skills in the broad fields of public health to support candidates’ preparation for the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine Public Health Part I fellowship examination for physicians and the UK Faculty of Public Health of the Royal Colleges of Physicians (MFPH) and Diplomate (DFPH) examinations open to physicians, other health professionals and scientists, and also the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine Administrative Medicine Part I fellowship examination.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, collect, retrieve, analyse and synthesise relevant and appropriate sources of information, including community assets and resources
  • Apply generic evidence based public health skills (using expertise, knowledge and research capability) to modern public health practice in individual patient and population settings
  • Assess the ethical, psychological and subjective health, socio-economic and legal impact of personal- and policy- level professional decisions on individuals, populations and society
  • Engage in local and global health issues as a professional responsibility
  • Adopt reliable and consistent inter- and intra-professional communication skills with peers, colleagues and patients
  • Advise on matters affecting the health of the public
  • Acquire and practice leadership and management skills in the care of both individual patients and groups care
  • Interpret environmental health assessment, risk assessment, risk management associated with environment and infectious disease stress
  • Differentiate between psycho-social aspects of behavior and social concepts in individual and population based health care settings in planning public health interventions
  • Apply learned skills to a real public health problem within a broader healthcare environment including non-governmental or policy level organisations

Academic Accreditation

The Hong Kong Medical Council recognises the Master of Public Health, MPH(HK) as quotable qualification.

Participants will be accredited Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points from different academic institutes / committees. Please see “CME & Quotable Qualifications” for details.

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