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.


HPSB5001 Introduction to Health & Social Behaviour

3 units (Compulsory MPH Course) 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.

HPSB5002 Health Promotion Programme Planning and Implementation

2 units (Pre-requisite: HPSB5001 or HSYS5001) This much needed course is designed to provide a practical course in the planning, needs assessment and development of health education and health promotion programmes.

HPSB5003 Health Promotion Programme Evaluation and Monitoring

2 units (Pre-requisite: HPSB5001 or HSOC5001) This course is designed to provide a practical course in the monitoring and evaluation of health promotion programmes. It describes the various methods of evaluation and the latest advances in this field. Students should be able to develop a comprehensive evaluation plan for health promotion programs, conduct program monitoring and evaluation, interpret the program data, assess the program effectiveness, and write evaluation report.

HPSB5004 Healthy Settings

2 units (Pre-requisite: HPSB5001 or HSYS5001) The United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2015-30 30 were adopted to strive for a world that is 'just, equitable and inclusive'. Those priority risk behaviours causing global burden of diseases are often established early in life and research findings have also confirmed the existence of common determinants (e.g., pathways in the brain) and the inter-relationships between the determinants of risk behaviours and behaviours themselves. Improvement of behaviours and well-being of citizens would not naturally occur without a specific "intentional intervention". The concept of Healthy Setting is to cultivate a healthy physical/psycho-social environment in the setting where people spend most of the time for working, studying, enjoyment of life, or for specific purposes. It is a very effective "intentional intervention" in achieving improvements in both health and wellbeing of citizens as it would penetrate into the wide arrays of their daily experiences. The whole concept of healthy setting is also based on striving the principles of 'just, equitable and inclusive' for citizen development. The key to successful implementation is engagement of key stakeholders in strategic way.

HPSB5005 Health Communications

2 units (pre-requisite: HSPB5001 or HSOC5001) This course aims to integrate health promotion with the creation and development of health messages. The Course will cover the theories related to interpersonal and public health communications, principles and techniques for designing and disseminating effective health messages, plus class activities facilitating applications of the knowledge in real-life health settings.

HSOC5003 Nutrition for Public Health

2 units (Pre-requisite: HPSB5001 or HSOC5001) Public health nutrition is the promotion and maintenance of nutrition-related health and wellbeing of populations through organized efforts and informed choices of society. To be effective, public health nutritionists must first connect the principles of nutrition science to the realm of public health practice in ways that emphasize the multi-factorial origins of actual nutritional problems in modern societies. In this course, students will be introduced to various essential elements of food and nutritional sciences.

HSOC5006 Medical Sociology

1.5 units (Pre-requisite: HPSB5001 or HSOC5001) The course provides an opportunity to students to understand issues of health care in society from various sociological perspectives. Individuals are social beings who are subject to the influence of social structure and/or human agency. In relation to health and illness, other than the pathological entities, the sick person is inevitably affected by a wide range of social variables and personal behaviour while responding health and illness. The macroscopic and microscopic perspectives in understanding the issues of health and illness in context are important in the course of service delivery and policy making.

HSOC5103 Lecture Series in Non-communicable Diseases as Public Health Concerns

2 units This course introduces to students how non-communicable diseases (NCD5) become a major public health concern in the past decades, the trend of common NCDs, and prevention strategies.

HSOC5210 Social Marketing Methods

1.5 units (Pre-requisite: HPSB5001 or HSOC5001) The course aims at providing participants an overview of social marketing as an approach to health promotion. The course will cover key concepts and elements of social marketing, as well as the benchmark criteria for a social marketing initiative. The course will be conducted in a combined format of lecture and workshop. Examples of application of social marketing in health promotion will be illustrated in the course.