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Why Public Health?

If you are...

  • concerned for entire populations but not just individuals
  • committed to prevention of problems and health promotion rather than waiting to deal with problems when they arise
  • striving towards efficient use of limited resources
  • aspiring to achieve equality in health

Public Health is what you have been looking for.

Why the University of Hong Kong?

Mission

The School of Public Health of the University of Hong Kong is committed to protecting and improving health for all people, through the synthesis of state-of-the-science research, the dissemination of knowledge in education and training, and the application of the public health sciences to population health.

Teaching and learning

The broadly based, student centred, problem based learning environment is designed to encourage the acquisition of

  • subject breadth and depth in biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health policy and administration, and social/ behavioural sciences; and
  • the competencies required in public health and administrative medicine, including communication and informatics, leadership, diversity and culture, programme planning, epidemiology and decision analysis.

Assessment

  • By course work, class participation, and examination
  • Internal examiners will examine the capstone project of MPH students, and a viva may be held

Faculty

Academic Staff

  • School of Public Health
  • HKU-Pasteur Research Centre
  • Carol Yu Centre for Infection, Department of Microbiology

Visiting Scholars

  • Harvard School of Public Health, US
  • School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, US
  • Department of Family Medicine, University of Virginia, US
  • Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine, University of Ottawa, Canada

Honorary Staff

  • Foundation for Genomics and Population Health
  • Hospital Authority (including Directors, Hospital Chief Executives, senior members of HA specialist teams)
  • Department of Health (including consultants and senior staff)
  • McKinsey & Company Hong Kong

Support for Capstone

  • An individual advisor for each MPH student
  • SPSS workshops

Resources

The Computer Centre

  • Easy access to the campus network and Internet throughout the campus
  • HKU Portal as a personalized interface to access all the centrally provided IT services e.g. email, intranet, web-based courses, web-based administrative applications and library services.

The University Libraries

  • Yu Chun Keung Medical Library as a special branch of the Libraries for medical disciplines
  • Sophisticated information technology provides a virtual learning environment conducive to study and research, and supports a wide range of electronic resources
  • Interlibrary loan services and JULAC card available for visits to and borrowing books from other local tertiary institutions.

Academic Accreditation

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

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.

Career Prospects

Public health professionals are involved in (but not limited to):

  • assessment of the health of communities
  • healthcare financing and administration
  • formulation and implementation of health care policies
  • promotion and education of important health issues

Other than hospitals and clinics, public health professionals are also highly sought after in various government departments, NGOs, academic institutions and international health organizations.

Some of our graduates occupy important positions in local and overseas healthcare organizations, while some are able to climb up the career ladder in their own profession.

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