Why Public Health?

Public Health is about your health, your community's health, and the health of the world at large. By joining the global force of people interested and dedicated to careers in public health, you can make a significant difference. Public Health is the crucial key to how our society achieves and sustains conditions that maximize the health and well-being of our populations.

Obesity and nutrition, pollution, heat waves, tobacco use, control of infectious and chronic diseases, and injury prevention are only a handful of the important contemporary issues in public health. Such issues require urgent attention, given the short and long-term impact they have on existing and future populations.

The responsibility of public health professionals is to have a holistic understanding of public health in communities – weaving insight from past experiences with our diverse populations to foresee potential challenges in everyday health. They are tasked with planning strategically for the proper management of health services, the control and prevention of infectious diseases, as well as deciding what policies are best to promote healthier lifestyles for future generations.



Situated in the southernmost part of China, Hong Kong is famous for being one of the most important financial capitals in the world, as well as a centre for international exchange. As a result of its unique history at the crossroads of East and West, Hong Kong is a dynamic and multicultural city of 7 million people from all over the world. People moving to Hong Kong find that the city’s standard of living and rich cultural heritage compare to those found in other large cities in the United States, United Kingdom, and Europe.


Founded in 1963, The Chinese University of Hong Kong is a research and teaching-based university. The Chinese University is currently ranked 46th among all universities, and 9th in Asia, in the latest QS World University Rankings, with a rating similar to Brown University and New York University in the US and Fudan University in China. Our institution’s global vision aims to be a bridge between the East and West, with a mission to combine tradition with modernity.

“We value learning environment & student experience.”
Overlooking the beautiful Tolo Harbour, the 137.3-hectare campus of The Chinese University of Hong Kong provides green and natural spaces for learning in the midst of a concrete jungle. It houses a range of facilities important for student life, including world-class libraries, art museum, a swimming pool, sports fields, tennis courts, squash courts, a water sports centre and a gymnasium.

Situated next to the teaching hospital Prince of Wales Hospital, the JC School of Public Health and Primary Care (JCSPHPC) is the first school of public health in Hong Kong with dedicated facilities for teaching. The Master of Public Health (MPH) and Post-graduate Diploma (PgD) curriculum is benchmarked against professional public health standards of the United Kingdom and the United States. It has been the flagship programme of the School of Public Health since 2006. Our programmes provide a solid foundation whereby students may become acquainted with the core professional competencies of public health, which include epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental and occupational health, global health, health promotion and social behaviour, infectious diseases, and health services management. Additionally, we offer modules across areas of public health practice such as health education and promotion, research methods, public health law and global health. Our MPH programme curriculum integrates theory with practice, enabling graduates to tackle contemporary public health issues. The programme provides the broad public health perspectives and skills necessary to assume effective leadership in public health practice. 11-month full-time and 21-month part-time study options are offered for students wishing to undertake the MPH degree. The Postgraduate Diploma is a part-time programme that can be completed within 2 semesters. All 16 credits of the Postgraduate Diploma can be used towards fulfilling the 36 credits required for the MPH degree.


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