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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.


Frequently Asked Questions 常見問題

All applicants 所有報名者

Do I have to attend any interview in applying for BSc in Public Health? 報讀中大公共衞生理學士課程是否須要進行面試?

JUPAS applicants: No interview is needed for general applicants. Interview will be arranged for applicants to be specially considered under School Principal's Nominations (SPN) and Applicants with Disabilities etc.
Non-JUPAS applicants: First-round interview will be conducted in early December, subsequent interviews will begin at the beginning of March from time to time.
The interview will be conducted in English. The interview content will include interests in public health / inspiration; interests and care about society; social awareness and communication skills, etc. We will consider to applicant’s academic result and interview performance, etc.
聯招報名者︰除了獲特別考慮的申請人﹙如校長推薦計劃School Principal's Nominations (SPN)及殘疾人士Applicants with Disabilities等﹚,一般申請人不需要面試。 非聯招報名者︰首輪面試會於12月初進行、其後的面試會在3月初開始不定期進行。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。我們會根據申請人的成績、面試表現等作為取錄評核。

What is the weight of interviews? 面試佔多少分?

Interviews are very important in the admission selection process. No definite weighting is assigned to applicants' interview performance, but it is considered together with applicants' public examination result suchk as HKDSE, GCE-A-level, IB, etc. when the programme ranks applicants on the admission 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。此外,學院也會考慮同學中學文憑試、GCE A-level、IB等公開考試的成績。

JUPAS applicants 聯招報名者

Do the institutions know my actual priority of programme choices in the admission exercise? 各大學是否知道我們在聯招申請中所填報 Band A 內三個志願的優先次序?

No. 不知道。

Is it important to have Public Health as my JUPAS Band A choice? 把公共衞生理學士放在Band A是否很重要?

Yes. We usually consider only Band A applicants in selecting candidates for admission interviews. 是。課程在招收申請者時,大多數只會考慮把中大公共衞生置在Band A的申請者。

If I have put CUHK BSc in Public Health Programme as my second choice in JUPAS, will I be admitted to your Programme if I get good results and fulfill all your admission requirements? 在聯招表格填上中大公共衞生理學士為第二志願,若考試成績優良,能滿足取錄條件,會否被考慮?

If you can fulfill our admission requirements, it is likely that you can fulfill the admission requirements of your first-choice programme and be admitted. Therefore, if you put our Programme as your second choice, the chance for admission to our Programme will be minimal even though you get good examination results. In other words, if you are really interested in our BSc in Public Health Programme, you should put it as your first choice. 能滿足中大公共衞生理學士取錄條件的同學,極大多數能獲其他課程取錄,包括該同學所填的第一志願。在這情況下,聯招會自動滿足該同學所填寫的第一志願。因此,若把中大公共衞生理學士放在第二志願,即使能滿足入學條件,也會大大減低被取錄的機會。反之,若填中大公共衞生理學士為第一志願卻不幸不獲取錄,聯招會自動考慮該生的第二志願,如此類推。換句話說,有意入中大讀公共衞生理學士的考生,應把中大公共衞生理學士放在第一志願。

Any additional admission channels for JUPAS applicants? 大學聯招申請人還有其他途徑申請入讀中大公共衞生理學士嗎?

JUPAS applicants may also seek for admission to our undergraduate programmes through the School Principals' Nomination Scheme and Self Recommendation Scheme. 同學可透過「校長推薦計劃」報讀中大公共衞生理學士。

What is the basic admission requirement of BSc in Public Health for Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) students? 課程對於申請人的中學文憑成績的要求如何?

The minimum admission requirements for applicants undertaking the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) are as follows: i. Level 3 in Chinese Language and English Language; and ii. Level 2 in Mathematics (Compulsory Part) and Liberal Studies; and iii. Level 3 in two electives.


  • 中國語文及英國語文考獲第3級;及
  • 數學(必修部分)及通識教育考獲第2級;及
  • 兩項選修科目考獲第3級

How will bonus points be awarded to extra elective subjects? 額外選修科目的加分政策為何?

In addition to the 6 subjects, bonus points will be awarded to the 7th subjects. The size of the bonus points will depend on candidates' results in those subjects. 除基本入學申請要求的6個科目外、本課程亦考慮第7科予以酌量加分。至於各科的加分幅度,則視乎有關科目的成績水平。

Would taking additional elective subjects be advantageous in the application process? 多修讀選修科目會否對入學申請有幫助?

When deciding on elective subjects, students should take into consideration their interests and ability. They should also consult their school teachers, who have a better understanding of the ability of the students. 學生在考慮修讀選修科目時,宜按自己的能力及興趣作出選擇。同學亦應咨詢學校老師,因為他們比較清楚學生的能力。

Do students have to take the Extended Modules in Mathematics? 學生是否必須修讀數學科的延伸單元?

No. Our programme does not require students to have taken one of the two Extended Modules in the Mathematics subject. 不是。本課程不要求同學必須修讀數學科的其中一個延伸單元。

Will BSc in Public Health consider Applied Learning subjects? 會否考慮應用學習 (Applied Learning) 科目?

No. Our programme will not consider Applied Learning subjects as the elective subject in the minimum eligibility for application of 4 core and 2 elective subjects or extra elective subjects.本課程不會接納應用學習科目作為基本入學申請要求的6個科目(4個核心科目另加2個選修科目)中的選修科目或額外的選修科目。

Will BSc in Public Health consider Other Languages subjects? 會否考慮其他語言科目?

The Other Languages subjects will be considered as extra elective subjects. Other Languages subjects will not be considered as the elective subject in the minimum eligibility for application of 4 core and 2 elective subjects. 學生的其他語言科目將視作為額外的選修科目,但不能作為課程要求(4個核心科目另加2個選修科目)中的選修科目。

Will the Other Learning Experiences of students affect their application for admission to the University? 學生的「其他學習經歷」會否影響入學申請?

Our programme will consider the experiences and achievements in Other Learning Experiences of students submitted using the relevant template in the JUPAS application form. Students may also submit their Student Learning Profile (SLP) through JUPAS for reference by the University. If students are invited for interviews, they may also present their portfolios. 我們會考慮同學經聯招申請表中的專用表格提供的有關其「其他學習經歷」的資料作參考。同學亦可透過聯招遞交「學生學習概覽」。

How will the University consider students who have taken HKCEE / HKALE previously, and are now applying for admission with HKDSE results? 申請人曾參加香港中學會考/香港高級程度會考,現以香港中學文憑考試成績申請入學,課程將如何處理?

These applicants applying for admission on the strength of their HKDSE results should satisfy both the University and programme minimum requirements. 在此情況,課程只會考慮申請人的香港中學文憑考試成績是否符合入學要求。

What are the admission grades of your programme? 您們課程的收生成績是怎樣?

Please refer to the website of CUHK Office of Admissions and Financial Aid:

Non-JUPAS applicants 非聯招報名者

Will you consider my grades obtained in the GCE, IB, SAT or other Non-JUPAS results? 是否考慮GCE, IB, SAT或其他非聯招的成績?

Yes. Students can apply for admission through the Non-JUPAS scheme. 會考慮。同學可以據香港中學文憑考試以外的成績,以非聯招方法申請。

If my academic qualification is equivalent or higher than HKALE (e.g. IB, GCE-AL or Associate Degree), can I apply for Advanced Standing of your programme? 持有等同或高於高級程度會考的學歷(例如IB、GCE-AL 或副學位)的學生,可申請按認可學歷 (Advanced Standing)入讀本課程嗎?

Yes. Students with GCE-AL / International-AL, IB, Cambridge Pre-U, HKALE, Associate Degree or Higher Diploma academic qualification can apply for Advanced Standing of our Programme. Students admitted in our Programme with Advanced Standing are entitled to a maximum of 24 units exemption from the University Core Requirement, units from Faculty Package, and Public Health Major cannot be exempted.
Units exemptions is on a case-by-case basis for students with other academic qualification.

可以,持有GCE-AL/International-AL、IB、Cambridge Pre-U、高級程度會考 (HKALE) 、副學士或高級文憑學歷的學生可申請按認可學歷 (Advanced Standing)入讀本課程。按認可學歷 (Advanced Standing) 入讀本課程的學生可在「大學核心課程要求」(University Core Requirement) 獲豁免最多24學分,「學院課程」(Faculty Package) 及,「主修課程」(Public Health Major)之學分則不能獲得豁免。


Are interview opportunities only granted to applicants who put CUHK BSc in Public Health as their first-choice? 申請人是否必須把公共衞生理學士放在第一志願,才有機會參加面試?

In selecting applicants to attend the interview, proirity will be given to applicants who put our Programme as their first choice. Therefore, if you put our Programme as your first choice, you will have higher opportunity to be invited to attend the interview. 本課程在邀請申請者參加面試時,會先從第一志願的申請者中進行篩選,進行首輪面試。若有剩餘學位,則會從第二志願甚或第三志願的申請者中進行篩選。因此,若把公共衞生理學士放在第一志願,便有較高機會被邀請參加面試。