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BSc in Community Health Practice
The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care has designed this two-year, full-time Bachelor of Science in Community Health Practice articulation programme. It not only facilitates articulation from Associate Degree/Higher Diploma programmes, but also is a pathway for advancement to a Master of Public Health.
The Programme aims at equipping the graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies to effectively implement community health programmes. It takes reference from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, U.S.A., and the Galway Consensus Conference Statement on health promotion and health education in 2007. It provides the foundation for graduates to become specialist in health education and health promotion.
Importance of Community Health
There is professional recognition that enhancement of community-based care is the solution for many of today’s health challenges. The health of individuals, families and our communities are determined by the socio-political, economical, and cultural environment in which we live. The entry point for health promotion is to identify the multiple levels of influence on health behaviours and how the behaviours are shaped by the environment.
Quality community health education and health promotion programmes are needed for success of community-based care. Well-trained community health practitioners (CHP) would serve to reduce health and social care costs by preventing health problems, promoting healthy lifestyles, improving compliance to medical advice, enhancing self-care and self-management skills, and facilitating access to appropriate health and social services.
community health skills/professionals.
A. Required Courses (46 units)
Course Code/ Course Title (Unit)
CHPR2001 / Principles of Environmental and Occupational Health (2)
CHPR2002 / Hong Kong Health Care System (2)
CHPR3001 / Contemporary Health Issues (3)
CHPR3002 / Health Education and Health Behaviours (3)
CHPR3008 / Foundations of Health Promotion (2)
CHPR4001 / Settings-Approach for Health Promotion (1)
CHPR4002 / Health Communication (2)
CHPR4003 / Research Methods in Community Health (3)
CHPR4004 / Management of Non-Governmental Organisations (1)
CHPR4005 / Social Marketing Methods (2)
CHPR4006 / Community-Based Rehabilitation and Self-Care Management (2)
CHPR4008 / Health Promotion Planning and Evaluation (3)
CHPR4901 / Practicum in Community Health Practice I (3)
CHPR4902 / Practicum in Community Health Practice II (5)
PHPC1001 / Foundations in Public Health (2)
PHPC1012 / Biological Basis of Health (3)
PHPC1017 / Principles of Infectious Diseases (1)
PHPC2015 / Biostatistics (3)
PHPC2017 / Epidemiology (3)
B. Elective Courses (6 units)
Course Code/ Course Title (Unit)
CHPR4011 / Food Security: Global and Local Perspectives (3)
CHPR4012 / Mental Health as a Public Health Issue (3)
PHPC2007 / Nutrition and Health (3)
PHPC2020 / Inter-disciplinary Approach of Integrated Medical and Social Care Service in Community (3)
PHPC3010 / Health Care System Field Studies (3)
PHPC3012 / Public Health Ethics and Law (1)
PHPC3014 / Evidence Based Public Health and Healthcare (3)
PHPC3016 / Environment and Health (3)
PHPC3017 / Work and Health (3)
PHPC3018 / Environmental Health Field Studies (3)
PHPC3024 / Economics and Financing in Healthcare Systems (3)
PHPC3034 / Applied Economics Evaluation in Health Care (3)
PHPC4028 / Health Care Quality (3)
PHPC4029 / Healthcare Organisation and Management (3)
PHPC4040 / Special Topics in Public Health I (3)
PHPC4041 / Special Topics in Public Health II (3)
PHPC4042 / Special Topics in Public Health III (3)
PHPC4043 / Special Topics in Public Health IV (3)
SPED2540# / Introduction to Exercise Physiology (3)
SPED4560# / Physical Fitness Appraisal and Exercise Prescription (3)
SPED4570# / Education and Promotion of Exercise and Health (3)
ANTH4330# / Medicine, Health, and Culture (3)
GPAD3255# / Public Policy Analysis (3)
SOCI3227# / Social Demography (3)
(with a maximum of 1 course from courses labeled as #)
Students are required to work closely with various organisations to complete 220 hours of supervised field work in a community setting. Students will gain hands-on experience to work in, and work with, the community to promote health. Students will learn to develop, implement, and evaluate health promotion programme to improve community health in Hong Kong.
Student and Alumni Sharing
CHU Ka Yan
Year 1 student (2018-19)
I have always paid high attention to public health and hope to contribute to it. The BSc in Community Health Practice program equips students with knowledge of disease prevention and skills of advocating health protection to the community to achieve the concept that prevention is better than cure. In the future, I hope I can help establish a healthy and safe community from strengthening the local community network and inter-sectoral collaboration.
The programme enables students to gain preliminary experience of applying theories in real-life scenarios through 250 hours of supervised fieldwork in a community setting. It is a valuable opportunity for students to stay away from their comfort zone so as to broaden the horizon and equip for their future career.
Besides, the school will assign an academic advisor for each student to support them and provide precious advice throughout their studies in CUHK. Under the guidance of Professor Mo, I found my passion and made up my mind to be a part of the Health Education sector.
HUI Cheuk Lam
Year 1 student (2018-19)
The BSc in Community Heath Practice program provides practicum opportunities in some health-related research aspects, which allow us to apply the knowledge we have learnt during lessons and prepare us for our future career.
During my study, I participated in a research on bacterial resistance as a student helper. By contacting the participants to join the study, it is a great chance for me to apply the knowledge in epidemiology to explain the purpose of this study, so as to enhance the cognition for the public that how important public health is.
Meanwhile, I learnt a lot about chronic diseases when I took medicine records for my patients. These cases always reinforce my belief that the burden of the healthcare system can be substantially alleviated if disease prevention measures are enhanced.
It also inspires me to learn more in health promotion aspect to give a hand in our community and have contribution with what I have learnt.
CHIU Kar Man
Year 2 student (2018-19)
Motivated by the famous saying “Prevention is better than cure”, I applied for the BSc in Community Health Practice programme to acquire techniques in health-related researches and knowledge in health promotion. I find the professors very approachable. In addition, the peer support that I gained from “PASS” sessions offered by the programme after class helped me learn better and made studying less stressful.
The most valuable part of the programme was the practicum experience in HK Breast Cancer Foundation which allowed me to broaden my horizon, consolidate my knowledge and put what I have learned into practice.
Lastly, the school offers students lots of opportunities to participate in different research projects. This experience allow me to reflect on my future career paths from wider perspectives. They also promote my confidence in health-related research work.
SIU Wai Yu
Year 2 student (2018-19)
As university students, we all have a unique school life. But can you still recall your goal of joining the family of Community Health Practice?
I joined this family two years ago and targeted to be an expert in preventing diseases while mastering skills in improving health status of the community. Through study, I became more knowledgeable and confident in organizing primary health care events. Practicum in a NGO is one of the most memorable time of mine in preparing me for joining the sector of disease prevention. Through the practicum, I learnt the most important element in being a health promoter which is care the community.
I become a civil servant after my graduation with my memorable two years in Community Health Practice. I believe all communication skills and skills in enhancing community health I learnt will always be my guide in the future.
The most unbearable things of leaving school are being away from all well-trained professors in school and my very fulfilling university life such as being a society member, living in a hostel, participating in study tours…… With all the support of our school, please believe that success will eventually come when your heart stays true and unchanged!
Frequently Asked Questions 常見問題
All applicants 所有報名者
Will there be any admission interview? If so, in what language? What is the interview about? What are the assessment criteria? 是否須要進行面試? 如須要，採用什麼語言? 面試內容是什麼？如何評定取錄資格？
Applicants may be invited for an admission interview. Interviews are conducted irregularly after the admission is open for application in October. Interviews are conducted in English. The interviews are about current issues and the BSc in Community Health Practice programme. Assessment criteria include, but not limited to, applicants’ academic results and interview performance. 申請者可能需要進行面試。面試會於十月份開始收生後不定期舉行。面試以是英語進行。面試內容是關於時事常識及對課程認識等。我們會跟據申請人的成績、面試表現等作為取錄評核。
Are interview opportunities only granted to applicants who select BSc in Community Health Practice as their first-preference? 申請人是否必須把社區健康理學士放在第一志願，才有機會參加面試？
Applicants’ preferences and their sub-degree level academic results are considered when the programme selects applicants for interviews. Therefore, if applicants select BSc in Community Health Practice as their first-preference, they have a greater chance to be invited for an interview. 本課程在邀請申請者參加面試時，會考慮申請者的志願排序及副學士/高級文憑的學業成績。因此，若把社區健康理學士放在第一志願，便有較高機會被邀請參加面試。
How much is the interview performance weighted? 面試佔多少分？
Applicants’ interview performance is very important for the applicant selection process. Although no definite weighting is assigned to applicants’ interview performance, it is considered together with applicants’ sub-degree level academic results when the programme ranks applicants on the merit order list. 面試表現在整個甄選過程非常重要。面試沒有佔一個特定的比重，但面試的表現會影響收生的次序。同時，學院也會考慮同學的副學士/高級文憑的學業成績。
Will my application be considered if my sub-degree qualification is not health or social science-related? 如我的副學士/高級文憑並不是健康或社會科學的課程，我的申請會被考慮嗎？
Applicants’ academic background is more suitable for the BSc in Community Health Practice programme if their sub-degree qualification is health or social science-related. If not, their applications will still be considered. 如申請人的副學士/高級文憑與健康或社會科學有關，其學術背景比較切合本課程。然而，如申請人修讀其他副學士/高級文憑課程，本課程也會考慮其申請。
Is this a UGC funded programme? 這是大學敎育資助委員會（敎資會/ UGC）資助的課程嗎？
The BSc in Community Health Practice programme is a UGC funded programme. 是，社區健康理學士課程是大學敎育資助委員會資助的課程。
What level of the Qualifications Framework does the BSc in Community Health Practice programme belong to? 這個課程屬於資歷架構的第幾級別？
Same as other bachelor degree programmes, the BSc in Community Health Practice programme belongs to level 5 of the Qualifications Framework. The Qualifications Register (QR) Registration Number of the programme is 13/000303/L5. 社區健康理學士課程屬於資歷架構的第5級別，與一般學士課程屬同等級别，資歷名冊登記號碼為13/000303/L5。
What can I learn from the BSc in Community Health Practice programme? 我在社區健康理學士課程可學到什麼？
The BSc in Community Health Practice programme aims at equipping the graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies of applying health theories, which is required for effective implementation of community health programmes. Students will learn about public health concepts including contemporary health issues, environmental influence on health, and health ethics and law. Students will also be exposed to health sciences including principles of infectious diseases and biostatistics. Last but not least, students will acquire skills in organizing community health projects, including community needs assessment, health communications and non-governmental organizations management. 本課程旨在為畢業生裝備有效地實施社區健康計劃所需的知識與技能，在學術知識和職業培訓之間取得良好的平衡。學生可從中學習公共衞生方面的概念，如當代健康問題、環境對健康的影響、健康法律及道德等，也可學習健康科學方面的知識，如傳染病原理、生物統計學等，同時亦可學習推行社區健康計劃的技巧，如社區需求分析、健康傳訊 及 非政府機構的管理等。
Will there be internship opportunities? 課程會否安排實習？
Students will spend 250 hours on placement in government departments or non-governmental organizations in their second year of study to gain hands-on experience of community health project organization. 學生將在第二學年獲安排到政府部門或非政府組織等進行實習。實習期間學生須完成220小時工作，以嘗試實行社區健康計劃。
Will there be exchange opportunities? 學生會否有到海外交流的機會？
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has formal partnerships with about 300 institutions in over 30 countries or regions around the world, and the partnership list grows ever longer. Every year, hundreds of CUHK students join the exchange programmes of these institutions for one term or one academic year. The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care has also established close connection with many overseas institutions, including Boston University of the US, University of Oxford of the UK and Peking University of China. 香港中文大學與世界各地超過30個國家或地區共約300所院校建立了夥伴關係，而且合作的院校尚不斷增加。中大學生每年有數百人前往這些夥伴院校，作一個學期或者整學年的交換生。而賽馬會公共衞生學及基層醫療學院與海外多所大學及機構建立了緊密連絡，如美國波士頓大學、英國牛津大學、中國北京大學等。
What is the graduation requirement? 畢業學分的要求是多少？
This 2-year full-time programme requires students to complete 69 units of courses in order to fulfill graduation requirement. Among them, 52 units are from major courses and 17 units are from other courses, including English, General Education, PE and Electives. 本兩年全日制課程的畢業學分要求是69分。其中包括52分是主修科目(Major)學分、17分是其他科目，包括英文科、通識科、體育科及選修科(Elective)。
What kind of students is more suitable for the BSc in Community Health Practice programme? 那類型的學生較適合修讀社區健康理學士課程？
The BSc in Community Health Practice programme is suitable for students who are mission-driven, have good leadership and welcome challenges. Interested students should also be good at analytical thinking, have good language competence and high social awareness. 具備良好的分析能力及語言基礎，擁有敏銳的社區觸角，富有使命感及領導才能和勇於接受挑戰的學生都很適合修讀社區健康理學士課程。
What is the career prospect of graduates of the BSc in Community Health Practice programme? 社區健康理學士的畢業生的出路如何？
Graduates of this Programme will play diverse roles in helping to meet the increasing demands from health issues in our society. Graduates will be well-trained in handling community health issues by developing new roles in healthcare delivery, e.g. prevention of non-communicable diseases, patient empowerment of self-management, and primary health care. Graduates of the Programme will be employable in many sectors including business, social care, primary care, and education, as well as Non-Governmental Organisations. 修畢課程後，畢業生將在解決日益增加的社會健康問題上發揮多重作用。畢業生將有充份處理社區健康問題的訓練並可以在醫療服務中扮演新角色，如預防非傳染性疾病、加強病人的自我管理能力，和提供一般基層醫療。本課程的畢業生將可在許多行業就業，包括商業、社會護理、基層醫療、教育、以及非政府組織。
What is the difference between community health practitioners (CHP) and medical professionals? 社區健康專才與臨床醫護人員有何分別？
CHP serve to reduce health and social care costs by preventing health problems, promoting healthy lifestyles, improving compliance to medical advice, enhancing self-care and self-management skills, and facilitating access to appropriate health and social services. One of the most important tasks of CHP is to equip individuals and families with the knowledge and skills in making informed choices for their health within the context of the setting where they live and work.
Medical professionals give treatment to patients when they are sick or injured, usually at individual level.