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BSc in Public Health (JS4537)



Public Health is…

The science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts of society. ​ ~Sir Donald Acheson (United Kingdom)

The science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through the organised efforts of society.

~Sir Donald Acheson (United Kingdom)

What we as a society do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy

 ~Institute of Medicine (United States)

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Our Passion

With the emerge of SARS, MERS, Ebola and recent of COVID-19, all people dedicated working in a public health discipline play an important role in providing advice to government for public health measures and public education in mitigating the risk of infection spread locally and globally.  At the vanguard of public health education, the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care of the Faculty of Medicine has launched the first public health undergraduate programme in Hong Kong, Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSc in Public Health) in 2009. 



Besides infectious disease, there is a range of public health issues threatening our health and capacity of health system including climate changes, increasing epidemiology of chronic disease, challenges with ageing population, occupational safety, drug abuse, internet addiction, mental health, unhealthy lifestyle, and sustainability of healthcare financing and service provision, etc.  Our programme provides students who have an interest in public health with passion and valuable insight into population health issues. Concepts students can expect to grasp in term of knowledge, skill and value aspects in the following areas: social determinants of health, environmental impact on health, healthy lifestyles, public health law and ethics, biostatistics and epidemiology fundamentals, emergency preparedness and disaster response, infectious diseases, and health services reform.



BSc in Public Health Process Model

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Course List

A. Faculty Package (10 units)

Course Code/ Course Title (Unit)

  • MEDF1011 / Foundation Course for Health Sciences I (2)

  • MEDF1021 / Public Health and Healthcare Ethics (3)

  • MEDF1031 / Communication Skills (2)

  • PHPC1012 / Biological Basis of Health (3)

B. Required Courses (32 units)

Course Code/ Course Title (Unit)

  • PHPC1017 / Principles of Infectious Diseases (1)

  • PHPC1022 / Lifestyle and Health (2)

  • PHPC2009 / Environment and Work (3)

  • PHPC2010 / Health Care System & Policy (3)

  • PHPC2011 / Global Health (3)

  • PHPC2015 / Biostatistics (3)

  • PHPC2016 / Theories and Concepts of Health Behaviours (3)

  • PHPC2017 / Epidemiology (3)

  • PHPC2018 / Infectious Diseases of Public Health Importance (3)

  • PHPC2019 / Practical Skills in Literature Search and Review (1)

  • PHPC3012 / Public Health Ethics and Law (1)

  • PHPC3027 / Qualitative Research (3)

  • PHPC3028 / Practical Data Collection, Management and Analysis (3)

C.I. Elective Courses - Research Project (7 units)

Select EITHER group of the courses

Course Code/ Course Title (Unit)

Group I

  • PHPC4911 / Primary Public Health Research I (2)

  • PHPC4912 / Primary Public Health Research II (1)

  • PHPC4913 / Primary Public Health Research III (4)

Group II

  • PHPC3014 / Evidence Based Public Health and Healthcare (3)

  • PHPC4921 / Public Health Data Synthesis Research I (1)

  • PHPC4922 / Public Health Data Synthesis Research II (3)

C.II. Elective Courses (15 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)

  • PHPC3014 / Evidence Based Public Health and Healthcare (3)

  • PHPC3015 / Practical Skills in the Public Health Management of Infectious Diseases  (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)

  • PHPC3026 / Health Promotion in Practice  - Social Marketing (3)

  • PHPC3034 / Applied Economics Evaluation in Health Care (3)

  • PHPC4028 / Health Care Quality (3)

  • PHPC4029 / Healthcare Organisation and Management (3)

  • PHPC4031 / Gender and Age-Related Healthcare (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 6 units from courses labeled as #)​

D. Experiential Learning (4 units)

Course Code/ Course Title (Unit)

  • PHPC1019 / Induction Programme I (1)

  • PHPC1020 / Induction Programme II (1)

  • PHPC4930 / Public Health Practicum (2)


Experiential Learning

Induction Programme

Students will participate in site visits that cover government sectors, private sectors and non-governmental organisations to explore the students’ perspective on professional public health practices.

Research Project and Practicum

Students are requested to complete 100 hours of field work and a research project based on the chosen field of interest with the guidance of a supervisor. It is an essential experience which develops student’s understanding, analytical and researching skills as well as critical thinking in a particular subject.



Career Development of Graduates in Recent Years

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Student and Alumni Sharing

Year 1 Student (in 2018-19) (JUPAS)

The multidisciplinary nature of public health has allowed me to put my wide spectrum of interests into meaningful use of improving the health of greater society, through varying scopes from disease prevention to health policies implementation. 


In acquisition of a global outlook, the School offered us opportunities to take a closer look on the prevailing public health issues around the world. As a participant of the recent Taiwan field study, our knowledge exchange with local students and professors from the top medical universities and the site visits to hospitals and hospices were very rewarding. These interactive experiences not only enabled us to comprehensively examine the leading progress of Taiwan in palliative care, long term care, National Health Insurance and more, but to also drew worthy lessons for Hong Kong and other localities to learn from. Grasping the precious time of summer, I also attended an intensive programme at Cambridge University, which broadened my understanding towards some less familiar domains like neuroscience, and invigorated my aspiration to become a top-notch healthcare professional.


All these bits and pieces composed my fruitful university life, and necessarily polished my holistic thinking and international mindedness, for which an outstanding public health professional should embody.

YU Lok Man

Year 2, BSc in Public Health student (2018-19)

Public health emphasises on health protection and disease prevention. This programme not just introduces us with some basic biomedical knowledge and public health theories and tools on health promotion, but also provides us experiential learning. In induction programmes, seminars and site visits to different public health service providers are provided for students to let me to explore the public health related careers and practices in year 1 and 2. In the summer holiday of year 2, each student is offered with an internship opportunity so that students can apply what they have learnt into practice.


I had internship at Community Drug Advisory Council (CDAC) last summer. I was responsible for supporting delivery of anti-drug programme in community and schools, designing anti-drug worksheet for secondary school students, searching information for website update and assisting in programme evaluation. During the conduction of street booth, I delivered anti-drug leaflets and carried out health education towards general public and ethnic minority. Also, I learnt some health message delivery skills when observing the health education talks for primary students.


Having internship in CDAC was a valuable learning opportunity to observe how a non-government organisation works, learn how a program is prepared, conducted and evaluated, and interact and collaborate with other professionals. This internship provided me with a deeper understanding about the careers related to public health education and promotion.

LEE Hoi Ling

Year 3 Student (2018-19) (Non-JUPAS)

Public health is a broad discipline which allows us to explore various fields based on my interests. Public health study does not only nurture global and local perspectives on health issues, but it also promotes self-development.


I joined in the Xian environmental field trip this summer. Apart from learning about current pollution problems and corresponding strategies in China, we also visited the landfill and sludge treatment plants to explore local management skills and the latest technologies. I also facilitated games in the Fun Science Carnival to promote public awareness of the importance of appropriate use of antibiotics and the concept of antibiotics resistance. These experiences enriched my U life and equipped me for my future career all at the same time.

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LAI Hin Ting Hindy

Year 4 student (2018-19) (Non-JUPAS)

From the global re-emergence of measles to the recent local outbreak of dengue fever, the importance of public health has been emphasised repeatedly. This programme inquires into a comprehensive spectrum of specialties within the field and is further exemplified by its final year research project and practicum, allowing students to apply taught skills and explore public health careers.


Last term, I had the opportunity to go on an exchange at the University of Toronto, where they offered a wide range of health science courses on par with the curriculum. Their academic culture strongly encouraged active in-class activities and discussions. I was able to enjoy some one-of-a-kind learning experiences in elective courses and workshops.


As the city takes pride in its cultural diversity, the university is no exception. I was highly engaged in a multicultural learning and living environment. It was an enriching experience that I had developed confidence in expressing my cultural identity, and reflected such perspective while debating on international and social issues with students of other ethnic backgrounds.


I was sincerely honoured to receive the Reaching Out Awards offered by the HKSAR Government Scholarship Fund, which has acknowledged my endeavours and inspired more students like me to explore outside of Hong Kong.