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.


POPG5001 Global Health

2 units (Pre-requisite: PBHT5000) The global nature of public health issues across the domains of practice are of growing importance. Chronic disease problems such as obesity and its consequences as well as communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB are of international concern. So too are the health effects of international policies and trade agreements. In addition, public health has a key role to play in disasters such as earthquakes, floods and Tsunami. This course will enable a deeper understanding of a global perspective to non-ancommunicable disease; the inequalities between nations; the impact of the wider environment on health; response to disasters; the role of international bodies.

POPG5006 Disaster and Humanitarian Crisis

2 units (Pre-requisite: POPG5001) Disaster and humanitarian responses are crucial elements in public health practices. Humanitarian relief actions often highlight the importance of mitigation, preparedness, training and multidisciplinary collaborative response within and beyond the health and medical sector. This course offers an overview of the disaster management cycle and the public health and medical implications of disaster and humanitarian crisis. It aims to show how public health principles may be applied in disaster relief and how evidence-based health related humanitarian actions can be planned, implemented and evaluated.

POPG5007 Demography and Health

2 units (Pre-requisite: POPG 5001)

This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of demographic methods and the applications of demographic methods towards population studies.

POPG5011 Food Security: Local and Global Perspectives

2 units (Pre-requisite: POPG5001 recommended) Despite the advancement in economic development and food technology, there are people living without the basic supply of sufficient and clean foods require for their physiological well-being. The World Food Summit of 1996 defined food security as existing "when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life". This course introduces the factors affecting the sustainability of the contemporary food systems at both global and local perspectives. Areas including technological advancement, economic drive, political stability, as well as socio-cultural influences will be analyzed critically as insights to tackle the challenge of future food crisis.

POPG6801 Field Action Lab

2 units (Pre-requisite: PBHT5000/ POPG5001)

This is a practicum course aims at providing a unique opportunity for students to gain familiarity with public health practice. Practicum experience allows students to integrate and apply the knowledge and skills they learned through coursework and prior experiences in a public health environment. Students are required to complete an approved public health practice related practicum (single or combined experience) in a variety of settings, including rural field trip, governmental and non-governmental health agencies, academic institutions, or community settings under the supervision of site administrators (mentors/ practicum supervisors) and the guidance from the School of Public Health and Primary Care. Students will be involved in project planning, field-based health needs assessment, health intervention, project evaluation and report writing during the field practicum.

Important Notes
*Class enrollment: Max 12 students for field trip (credit bearing); Max 40 students Sit-in ONLY for Lectures.
**Enrollment priority will be given to students who have
i) Chosen MPH Practicum based Capstone-Practicum (PT Yr 2 and FT) (Upon agreement from course coordinator)
ii) Already taken POPG5001 Global Health
iii) Selected “Population and Global Health” as concentration
** Enrolled students are expected to pay for their own travel expenses

POPG5013 Global Health Perspectives of Humanitarian Crisis & Human Security

2 units (Pre-requisite: POPG5001 recommended) Human security is an emerging paradigm in the global healthcare community that can be applied to guide local and global public health practices. It can also provide a basis to link up related themes under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through various real-life case studies and practical applications, this course will provide participants with an understanding of how the human security and health security concepts are applied in public health practices, especially under emergencies and disasters. The challenges with putting the human security concept into operation will also be explored.

POPG5005 Global Child & Adolescent Health

2 units The purpose of this class is to examine child and adolescent health in developed and developing countries. Biomedical, socio-medical, behavioural, economic and political factors affecting child and teen health will be systematically explored. Health services and health education for children and adolescents will also be addressed.

POPG5008 Global Health Policy

2 units (Pre-requisite: POPG 5001)

This course aims to provide an overview of global health policy, the area of public health concerned with decisions of policies that translate empirical and epidemiological evidence and political will into consensus and interventions in a global scale. Throughout the course, topics of global health policy will also be explored using the lens of public health ethics and justice.