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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)
What we as a society do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy
~Institute of Medicine (United States)
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.
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
Student and Alumni Sharing
CHEUNG Man Hin
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.