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BSc in Public Health
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)
At the vanguard of public health education, the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care of the Faculty of Medicine has designed the first public health undergraduate programme in Hong Kong, Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSc in Public Health). It provides students who have an interest in public health with valuable insight into population health issues. Concepts students can expect to grasp include the 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.
The curriculum of the BSc in Public Health Programme begins with Faculty Package courses, to let all students within the Faculty of Medicine share a largely common experience and gain broad exposure to related disciplines. Start from the second year, students take foundation courses in public health which include health ethics; public health methods and theories; and courses on contemporary health issues. In the later part of the programme, students acquire more advanced and in-depth knowledge of three domains of public health. This programme is benchmarked against world-class universities in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
BSc in Public Health Process Model
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