List of Courses Offered


PBHT5000                                   Foundations of Public Health
(Compulsory MPH Course        1 unit

An introductory course for all students to provide an overview on the history, basic concepts and current issues in the field of public health. Students will gain a broad understanding of how public health issues can be framed in the three interrelated domains of health protection, health improvement, and health services. This foundation course will equip students with an analytic lens that is essential for deeper learning in global public health.

PBHT5001                               Introduction to Qualitative Research: Theories and Research Design

                                                  1 unit


This qualitative methods course will introduce students to the topical issues related to conducting qualitative research and allow for some hands-on exposure to the methods of data collection and analysis used in this methodology. Students will be able to understand and apply the skills of conducting qualitative research, data coding, and interpretation in the analytical process.

PBHT5002                                 Public Health Law

                                                    2 units

This course examines the role of law as a tool for public health both within Hong Kong at international level.

(Pre-requisite: HSYS5001)

PBHT5004                                 Tuberculosis: Biology, Control & Policy

                                                    1.5 units

Tuberculosis (TB) has been declared as a public health threat by the WHO since 1990s, and the threat is recently more serious due to rapid development of multi-drug resistant TB and HIVTB co-infection. The course will introduce TB microbiological, clinical and control aspects, and discuss TB epidemiology, evolution of control programmes, policies and practices both globally and locally. Health system and policy issues on TB control, regarding organisation, financing, payment, delivery will be widely explored. Examples on operational research over TB topics will be given.

(Pre-requisite: INFD5001 or biomedical background)

PBHT5005                                   Basic Human Physiology

                                                      2 units

This course is a basic introduction to the human body for public health students without a bio-medical background. It is geared towards students with an undergraduate degree in social sciences, arts and physical sciences. It will introduce the overview of basic scientific mechanisms, concepts and principles in health and in the pathogenesis of disease. It provides clinical scientific foundation for applications to the practice of public health. Professionals in the clinical health field such as physicians, nurses, dentists and allied health specialists will not be permitted to take this course for credit.

PBHT5006                                    Practice of Qualitative Research Methods

                                                       1 unit


This course demonstrates competency in understanding major methods employed in qualitative research in public health; apply and formulate qualitative methods and skills through the preparation of a research protocol; understand and apply the skills of data collection, observation, in-depth interview, and focus group interviews; understand and apply the skills of data coding and interpretation in the analytical process; be familiar with the use of qualitative data analysis software, as well as to write a qualitative research paper.

PBHT5801                                     Climate change and planetary health

                                                        2 units

Climate change is an important topic for public health practice. As the frequency and severity of climate-related disasters increase, in order to protect health and well-being, the need to understand and prepare for unforeseeable events is rapidly growing. This course provides an overview of issues in relation to climate change and health in the context of public health practice. It introduces important concepts of how to tackle climate change related health impacts and how to support community preparedness, response, policy formulation and implementation.

PBHT5803                                     Development of Assessment instruments and questionnaire design

                                                        1.5 units

This course aims to provide students with an understanding of the basic principles and procedures in designing questionnaires and health-related assessment instruments. The course includes basic principles and procedures in questionnaire design, psychometrics, validation of an assessment instrument, and related statistical issues. At the completion of the course, students are enabled to develop a simple questionnaire suitable for collecting information for their own research project or in a specific area of their own interest.

(Pre-requisite: EPI D5001)

PBHT5804                                     Ethics, Social Justice & Global Health

                                                        1.5 units

This course introduces basic ideas of ethics and justice, and discusses how those ideas apply to global biomedical issues.

(Pre-requisite: PBHT5000)

PBHT6900*                                  Master Capstone Project
(Compulsory MPH Course)        6 units

Each student is required to develop and complete an individual project of a public health problem, under the direction of a supervisor in their chosen concentrations. The topic of each project should be relevant to the concentration selected. Students will be assigned a supervisor and are required to do presentations and to submit a final written report.


* This course is mandatory for graduation.

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