Elective Courses 

Remaining 4 units may be taken from the courses list as below offered in the MPH curriculum. Some courses may not be offered during every academic year. Please contact the MPH office for the latest information.


PBHT5000 Foundations of Public Health

1 unit​ (Compulsory MPH Course)

This course is an introductory course for all students which aim to provide an overview on the basic concepts and current issues in the field of public health. Students will gain a broad, general understanding of how public health issues can be framed in the context of global health and the key functions of health system. This foundation course will equip students with an analytic lens that is essential for deeper learning in global public health. Tutorials will reinforce concepts taught in lecture.

PBHT5001 Introduction to Qualitative Research: Theories and Research Design

2 units

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.

PBHT5002 Public Health Law

2 units (Pre-requisite: HSYS5001) This course examines the role of law as a tool for public health both within Hong Kong at international level.

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.

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.

PBHT5900 International Field Studies

1 Unit (Pre-requisite: PBHT5000, POPG5001 preferred)

This course is designed to allow students to conduct field studies abroad and to receive academic credit for their supervised work and studies. All field studies must include some form of assessment that must receive prior approval from the module coordinator. This course cannot be used toward Capstone-related practice hours.

PBHT6900*  Master Capstone Project & Report

6 units (Compulsory MPH Course) 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.​

PBHT6802* Master Seminars & Tutorial

1 Unit

The tutorial sessions are designed as a supplement to the coursework and to provide some hands-on skills for future public health employment. The tutorials also serve as opportunities discuss MPH project as well as an opportunity to review materials from core modules as needed. *This module is applicable to full-time students ONLY.

PBHT5901 Exchange Study

1.5 Units

Students enrolled in public health courses during their summer or winter terms in other universities can seek unit credits for their studies towards their MPH degree. Approval made on a case-by-case basis by the Concentration Coordinator after discussion with Curriculum Coordinator.