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.


HSYS5001 Health Systems, Policy and Management

3 units (Compulsory MPH Course)

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.

HSYS5002 Healthcare Organisation & Management

2 units (Pre-requisite: HSYS5001) This course aims to equip students with a broad base of knowledge and concepts in health services management, as well as to develop their competency in applying the knowledge and learning to appraise day-to-day management and operational problems in healthcare organisations. Basic financial management concept is also introduced in the course. This course is designed to meet most of the Basic Specialist Training and Part I Examination curriculum in Administrative Medicine of the HK College of Community Medicine.

HSYS5003 Health Economics: Economic Evaluation

1 unit

There is a fundamental question asked in public health and healthcare in general: how can we get the best results, in terms of better health, from the resources which are available in the community? Health Economics, as a field, attempts to provide an explicit and rationale framework to improve the efficient and equitable allocation of healthcare resources. In this course, we will examine selected topics in health economics that have major implications for healthcare delivery, financing and clinical and public health research. Essential economic theories and methods for exploring each topic will be discussed, along with the role of markets and government. We will go through different models of healthcare financing from a policymaking perspective, applying measures such as equity and efficiency to evaluate them. In addition, basic skills of conducting economic evaluation, such as cost-effectiveness analysis, will also be introduced.

​HSYS5004 Health Systems & Policies

3 units (Pre-requisite: HSYS5001) This course will build on the content of HSYS5001, and students will gain advanced understanding on the structural and functional characteristics of health systems. Through in-class interactive discussion, students will acquire competency in analyzing factors which impact on health service delivery and in comparing health systems in different. Students will also be exposed to basic methodology in health policy research and analysis.

HSYS5005 Healthcare Financing

1 unit (Pre-requisite: HSYS5001) This course introduces the key policy and economic principles that underpin the approaches to healthcare financing and the performance of health systems in relation to Universal Health Coverage.

HSYS5006 Managing in Healthcare

2 units (Pre-requisite: preferably have at least two years working experience, though not necessarily in the healthcare field.) This course focuses on the practical aspects of management, and supplements the theories presented in HSYS5001, HSYS5002 and HSYS5012, to further the training in healthcare management. Teaching will include lectures, case studies and small group discussions, as well as exercises and interactive games to enhance management insights.

HSYS5011 Health Informatics

1 unit (Pre-requisite: HSYS5001)​

This course introduces the principles of healthcare information systems, role of informatics in risk management, quality improvement and basic understanding of technical aspects.

HSYS5012 Human Resource Management

3 units

​This course aims to introduce the major issues and concepts of human resource management in the healthcare setting, so as to develop students capabilities in analyzing and solving related problems to achieve system or organizational objectives.

HSYS5013 Financial Management

2 units (Pre-requisite: HSYS5002) This course focuses on essential competencies of health services managers to understand, interpret and manage financial resources. It covers the basic knowledge and concepts in Management Accounting and Financial Management. Topics include understanding of accounting principles and standards, financial statements, financial performance and budgeting, revenue generation and financial decision-making.

HSYS5014 Quality and Safety Management

2 units This course introduces students to the concept, framework, practical approaches and current movement for safe, efficient, effective, and patient-centred healthcare; principle and practices of incident management and patient relations; concepts of errors in healthcare and principles and strategies in quality improvement; key concepts in operations management in the healthcare settings.

HSYS5015 Medico-legal Management

2 units This course covers the principles and practices of health care ethics and medicolegal management in modern healthcare. The course uses case studies to cover important topics in health care ethics and medico-legal management including theory and principles of health care ethics, ethical issues in public health & services, complaints handling and investigation, clinical negligence and responsibility, and risk management strategies. It introduces and discusses major ethical issues in healthcare to provide perspectives in health services management as well.

HSYS5016 Health Services Planning

1 unit

​This course aims to enrich students with the knowledge in health services planning and technology management. Students will have the opportunity of visiting a local hospital to appraise the planning issues and learn the principles of planning through case studies and class exercises.

HSYS5017 Health Innovation and Technology Management

1 unit (Pre-requisite: HSYS5002)

This course aims to enrich students with the knowledge in health innovation and technology management. The course will involve active learning from the students with a workshop on design thinking and a case study on health technology management.

HSYS5018 Healthcare Ethics

1 unit

This course introduces and discusses major health care ethics issues and provide perspectives for health services management. The issues are discussed based on cases and dilemmas.

​HSYS5019 Operation Management

1 unit

This electice course introduces students to key concepts in operations management including LEAN and 6-sigma in the healthcare settings.

HSYS5020 Corporate Communication and Marketing

1 unit (Quota limitation)
This course introduces students to the principles and practices of today’s corporate communication and marketing in healthcare. Examples and case studies, from healthcare where appropriate, are used to illustrate the up-to-date treatment of the key aspects of corporate communication and marketing.

HSYS5021 Advanced Organisation Management

1 unit (Pre-requisite: HSYS5002)
This course aims to equip students with a more in-depth knowledge in organisational management by going into areas of organisational health and organisational culture. Organisational health and organisational culture are important and related concepts affecting the performance of the organisation with respect to external and internal stakeholders. The course emphasises on learning through reflection and practical application of key concepts in organisational health and culture supported by case studies.

HSYS5022 Patient-centred Health System

1 unit (Quota limitation)
The course will introduce students to the principles and practices of patient-centred care, and application of design thinking concepts in the development towards a patient-centred health system.

HSYS5023 Local Visits

1 unit
This course aims to give students a broader and deeper exposure to service management through observing management in action in both healthcare and non-healthcare settings. Management in non-healthcare settings can often shed useful insights to healthcare management. The ability to observe and identify good practices or rooms for improvement, and to evaluate different practices are important skills for health service managers and the group interactions would help to sharpen these skills. These local visits supplement the classroom teaching. The work of summarising and presenting their observations would help to consolidate the learnings from visiting these organisations.

HYSY5024 Driving Healthcare Improvement with Data

1 unit

This course introduces students to
(1) The concept and practice of data-driven healthcare improvement in the context of interprofessional teamwork;
(2) Data visualization and analytic tools that inform decision making in the context of clinical practices (for example, run charts and control charts);
(3) Data and change management: Feedback and improving the whole process