BSc in Community Health Practice
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. 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.
The health of individuals, families and our communities are reflection of the physical, psychological, social, spiritual and intellectual states as determined by the socio-political, economical, and cultural environment in which we live. This ecological perspective on health emphasises strongly on the interaction between physical and socio-cultural environment. 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.
21st Century health education and health promotion is a specialised field to make planned changes of health-related lifestyles and life conditions through individual, interpersonal, and population level changes with collaboration of both mainstream health and community partners. This Programme will provide the foundation for graduates to become specialist in health education and health promotion.
Currently, there are many Associate Degree and Higher Diploma health-related programmes provided by various institutions. A study ladder is essential for graduates of these programmes to achieve higher education to meet the needs at local, Greater China, as well as global levels for community health skills/professionals.
Duration of Study: 2 years
Expected Learning Outcomes
The 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. The curriculum will gear the students to take a boarder perspective on community health practice. The teaching will be linked to the core competencies of community health practitioners, taking 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.
Upon completion of the Programme, graduates will have acquired knowledge and skills in:
assessing individuals, and community, needs for health care intervention in the community;
effective planning, co-ordination and implementation of community health programmes;
evaluation of community health care programmes;
empowering individuals and families with self-care and self-management skills, and the community in disease prevention and health promotion;
acting as resource persons in health in the community and communicating health and health education needs, concerns and resources, and also advocacy;
developing partnership across disciplines and sectors to enhance the impact and sustainability of the community health programmes.
Different types of learning activities will be used to help students to achieve the expected learning outcomes. These activities include lectures, group discussion, project learning, presentations, simulations, case studies and experience sharing.
All courses will use a range of assessment tasks to assess students’ attainment of the expected learning outcomes from different aspects. These assessment tasks will include a combination of essays, assignments, projects, group works, presentations, class exercises, quizzes and examinations.
Students will visit sites in each semester from the first year of the programme. The visits will be arranged for each student covering all government sectors, private sectors and non-governmental organisations to explore the students’ perspective on professional public health practices.
Some visits of Induction programme:
Research and Practice Based Project
Students are requested to complete at least 100 hours of field work and a research project based on the chosen field of interest in their concentration 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.