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Capstone Project Objectives

In order to fulfill their requirements for graduation, all MPH students are required to undertake a final Capstone Project, culminating in a written report. Each student is required to develop and complete an individual project of a public health problem, under the direction of a supervisor in their selected concentrations at the School. The topic of each project should be relevant to the concentrations selected by the students and the supervisors will be assigned accordingly.

Upon satisfactory completion of the Capstone Project, all the students should be able to:

  • conduct a proper literature review on a public health issue;

  • develop a research protocol or practicum-based project plan;

  • have practical, hands-on experience in the form of research or public health practice;

  • perform data analysis or a systematic evaluation of a public health issue or evaluation of a project;

  • write a manuscript using standard journal format or an official report using institutional format;

  • orally present their work at a professional level; and

  • create a professional poster for presentation at public health conferences.


Students may elect to undertake a Research-based Capstone Project where they conduct primary data collection and analysis, analysis on secondary data, policy analysis, cost-benefit analysis, rigorous literature review for policy analysis, systematic reviews, needs assessment and programme evaluation.


Students may also elect to undertake a Practice-based Capstone Project where they identify a public health problem or issue and implement a public health-related programme to address this problem. Practice-based projects require that students locate a suitable setting for approximately 120 hours (about 3 weeks FT equivalents) in the field in order to conduct programme implementation or programme enhancement.

Selected Publications

Cheung K, Chan V, Chan S, Wong MMH, Chung GKK, Cheng WY, Lo K, Zeng F (2024). Effect of Intermittent Fasting on Cardiometabolic Health in the Chinese Population: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Nutrients 2024, 16, 357.

Wong J, Chan KY, Lo K (2021). Sodium glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitors on weight change and cardiometabolic profiles in individuals with overweight or obesity and without diabetes: A meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews. 2021;e13336. doi:10.1111/obr.13336

Chan KY, Wong M, Pang S, Lo K (2021). Dietary supplementation for gestational diabetes prevention and management: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Arch Gynecol Obstet, available online. 2021.03 doi:10.1007/s00404-021-06023-9

Sze YP, Lee KP, Chan HW, Kim JH (2021).  Prevalence of negative emotional eating and its associated psychosocial factors among urban Chinese undergraduates in Hong Kong: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health, 21(1):583. 2021.03 doi:10.1186/s12889-021-10531-3

Lee KP, Lau EY, Sumerlin TS, Kim JH (2019).  Urban Chinese midwives' knowledge, attitudes and practices toward umbilical cord blood donation. Midwifery, 69:59‐66. 2019.02. doi:10.1016/j.midw.2018.10.017

Chan MH, Wang F, Mang WK, Tse LA (2018).  Sex Differences in Time Trends on Incidence Rates of Oropharyngeal and Oral Cavity Cancers in Hong Kong. Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology, 127(12):895‐902. 2018.09. doi:10.1177/0003489418802287

Hu CX, Abraham A, Mitra AK, Griffiths SM (2016). The benefits of experiential learning in global public health. Public Health, 136:196‐199. 2016.07.  doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.10.030

Ding YJ, Lau CH, Sou KL, Abraham AA, Griffiths SM, Kim JH (2016). Association between internet addiction and high-risk sexual attitudes in Chinese university students from Hong Kong and Macau. Public Health, 132:60‐63. 2016.03. doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2015.11.009

Keller JJ, Kim JH, Lau JC, Wong AH, Griffiths SM (2014). Intention to engage in preventive behaviors in response to the A/H1N1 pandemic among university entrants in four Chinese cities. Asia Pac J Public Health, 26(1):42‐47. 2014.01. doi:10.1177/1010539513496842

Ho HS (2012). Use of face masks in a primary care outpatient setting in Hong Kong: Knowledge, attitudes and practices. Public Health, 126(12):1001‐1006. 2012.12. doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2012.09.010

Rodas JR, Lau CH, Zhang ZZ, Griffiths SM, Luk WC, Kim JH (2012). Exploring predictors influencing intended and actual acceptability of the A/H1N1 pandemic vaccine: a cohort study of university students in Hong Kong. Public Health, 126(12):1007‐1012. 2012.12. doi:10.1016/j.puhe.2012.09.011

Law T, Kim JH, Lee KY, Tang EC, Lam JH, van Hasselt AC, Tong MC (2012). Comparison of Rater's reliability on perceptual evaluation of different types of voice sample. J Voice,  26(5):666.e13‐666.e6.66E21. 2012.09. doi:10.1016/j.jvoice.2011.08.003

Quartey NK, Ma PH, Chung VC, Griffiths SM (2012). Complementary and alternative medicine education for medical profession: systematic review. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2012:656812.  2012.04. doi:10.1155/2012/656812

Suen SS, Lao TT, Chan OK, Kou TK, Chan SC, Kim JH, Lau TK, Leung TY (2011). Maternal understanding of commercial cord blood storage for their offspring - a survey among pregnant women in Hong Kong. Acta obstetricia et gynecologica Scandinavica, 90(9):1005‐1009. 2011.09. doi:10.1111/j.1600-0412.2011.01201.x

Hung KK, Chan EY, Cocks RA, Ong RM, Rainer TH, Graham CA (2010). Predictors of flight diversions and deaths for in-flight medical emergencies in commercial aviation. Arch Intern Med, 170(15):1401‐1402. 2010.08. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2010.267

Go ETT, Goggins WB (2009). Comparison of the glycemic control of the normo- and hypertensive Chinese patients with type 2 diabetes in a general outpatient clinic in Hong Kong. Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research and Reviews, 3:29-34. 2009.03. doi:10.1016/j.dsx.2008.10.012.

Cheung LP, Ma RC, Lam PM, Lok IH, Haines CJ, So WY, Tong PC, Cockram CS, Chow CC, Goggins WB (2008). Cardiovascular risks and metabolic syndrome in Hong Kong Chinese women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Hum Reprod, 23(6):1431‐1438. 2008.06. doi:10.1093/humrep/den090

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