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The University of Hong Kong School of Public Health

Master Of Public Health Degree (MPH)

The purpose of the Master of Public Health degree (MPH), organised by the Faculty of Medicine of The University of Hong Kong, is to provide structured training in the public health disciplines to enable postgraduates in Hong Kong and countries in the Asia Pacific Region to embark on specialised studies, practice or teaching, and for career and personal development.  Course work in public health, health policy and management and behavioural sciences provides the ground work for advanced study in every aspect of public health.  These courses are essential for the practice of public health, for population-based primary care, and for evaluating clinical effectiveness in specialty medicine.

The MPH curriculum is organised along modular units in order to cater for the needs and aspirations of individuals.  Candidates successfully completing the MPH course will have obtained in-depth knowledge of an area of a particular discipline which will enable them to engage effectively in teaching, professional practice, and/or research.  The modular configuration of the course also permits registered medical practitioners or others, who wish to enhance their professional skills but do not intend to seek the MPH qualification, to take only selected modules in the specialised field of study.



Master of Public Health (MPH)

Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health (PDipPH)

Postgraduate Diploma in Psycho-oncology (PDipPsycho-oncology)

Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Research Methodology (PDipClinResMethodology)

Postgraduate Certificate in Public Health (PCPH)

Postgraduate Certificate in Psycho-oncology (PCPsycho-oncology)

Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Research Methodology (PCClinResMethodology)

There are 3 broad themes and 7 concentrations within the Master of Public Health.

3 Themes

7 Concentrations

Public Health

Public Health Practice

Epidemiology and Clinical Effectiveness

Medical Statistics

Clinical Trials Research Methodology

Health Policy And Management

Administrative Medicine

Health Economics and Policy

Behavioural Sciences



The inter- and multi-disciplinary nature of public health is emphasized in the teaching approach and course design.  The courses are broadly based and student centred. Modules are designed to encourage breadth, depth, application, synthesis, originality of approach, self-motivation and self-learning. The mode of teaching for all specialized and elective modules is problem-based learning. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the information technology facilities and library resources provided by the University.


Academic staff from the Department of Community Medicine, Clinical Trials Centre, Centre of Infection, Department of Microbiology and honorary staff from the Medical Library, Hospital Authority (including Directors, Hospital Chief Executives, senior members of HA specialist teams) and Department of Health (including consultants and senior staff) form the core of the teaching staff.


To be eligible for admission, a candidate shall (a) possess the relevant necessary requirements which comply with the General Regulations, (b) hold a Bachelor's degree with honours or the degrees of MBBS of The University of Hong Kong (HKU), or another qualification of equivalent standard from HKU or from another University or comparable institution accepted for this purpose, (c) obtain a score of 550 or above in the paper-based test or 213 or above in the computer-based test in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (within 2 years before submission of the application) if seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English, and (d) satisfy the examiners in a qualifying examination if required.

Exemptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.



The programme lasts for 1 year for full-time or 2 years for part-time candidates and consists of a minimum of 400 hours of prescribed work (i.e. Modules: 200 hours; Dissertation: 200 hours).  Although flexible teaching schedules are offered most teaching is held on weekday evenings and Saturday.

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Department of Community Medicine & Unit For Behavioural Science,

5/F Academic and Administration Block, Faculty of Medicine Building 21 Sassoon Road, Hong Kong.

Tel: (852) 2819-9280

Fax: (852) 2855-9528




Department of Community Medicine & Unit For Behavioural Science,

5/F Academic and Administration Block, Faculty of Medicine Building 21 Sassoon Road, Hong Kong.

Tel: (852) 2819-9280

Fax: (852) 2855-9528


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