Core Courses

Core Courses List

BIOS5001 Introduction to Biostatistics


3 units (Compulsory MPH Course) This course introduces basic statistical concepts and methods. The emphasis of the course is on practical applications: choosing the correct method for particular datasets and correct interpretation of the analysis results. Examples from different disciplines of public health including chronic and infectious disease epidemiology, environmental health, and health policy will be used to illustrate the use of biostatistical methods in answering important public health questions.




EPID5001 Introduction to Epidemiology


3 units This course serves as an introduction to epidemiology for post­graduate students and gives a general overview of disease quantification, the various epidemiological studies used in public health and their respective interpretations and limitations. The course covers the basic competencies of public health epidemiology provides the basis for more advanced studies.




HSYS5001 Health Systems, Policy and Management


3 units

This course is an introductory course to the basic principles of management, strategic planning, quality assurance, health economics and financing, and health policy analysis that serves as a foundation to more advanced coursework in health policy & management. This course is benchmarked to meet most of the competencies of the Part A, Diplomate Membership level of the UK Public Health Examination, the US Certified Public Health Exam of the Association of Schools of Public Health as well as Part I Examination in Administrative Medicine of the HK College of Community Medicine.




HPSB5001 Introduction to Health & Social Behaviour


3 units The course provides students with an introduction to the basic concepts of health and social behaviour that frame public health promotion programmes. Students will learn about the process of creating and implementing health promotion programmes in the community using internationally accepted best practices. Case studies and guest speakers will highlight the concepts taught.




INFD5001 Infectious Diseases in Public Health Practice


1 unit This course is designed to develop basic knowledge base in infectious diseases in the society, in contexts of causation, impacts, diagnosis and epidemiology.




OENV5001 Environmental Health Sciences


2 units

Students should be able to describe epidemiology & toxicology methods used to assess the impact of environmental exposures on human health; identify and define the steps in the risk-assessment and risk management; explain how factors, such as risk perception, law and socioeconomic condition, may influence the practice of environmental health; define the major sources and types of hazards in the environment and workplaces; describe the direct and indirect health effects of major environmental and occupational agents; describe general principles of environmental pollution mitigation and occupational hazard control; describe regulatory programs guidelines & authorities on environmental health.




PBHT5000 Foundations of Public Health


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.





After completion of the introductory Foundations of Public Health course (PBHT5000), All MPH and PgD students are required to complete the six prescribed core courses.

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Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin,

N.T., Hong Kong

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