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- MPH Information Sessions (2024 Intake)
The Master of Public Health (MPH) programme is inviting applications for September 2024 intake. For those who are interested in joining the programme, you are most cordially invited to our Information Session where our Academic Director will share information about the unique features of the MPH curriculum, career prospects, scholarship opportunities, as well as details on the UGC Targeted TPg Fellowships for local students. Date: 22 Nov 2023 | 13 Dec 2023 | 17 Jan 2024 (Wed) Time: 7-8pm Format: Online via Zoom Webinar Registration: https://hku.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5dsC15e04HaycJg
- Coffee & Careers: Get to know School Director
Get to know our School Director- Professor David Bishai! We had the pleasure of organizing a captivating career sharing with Prof Bishai, where he generously shared his career journey, personal insights and practical career tips, inspiring our students on their path forward toward their public health careers. Stay tuned for more exciting opportunities as we continue to empower our students to explore meaningful careers that contribute to advancing public health!
- CEPH Site Visit
A long-awaited site visit! We welcome Ms Kristen Varol - Director of Accreditation Services from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) to our campus for a visit around our Sassoon Road Campus @hkumed Our MPH Programme is the first in the region and the only academic programme in HK fully accredited by CEPH. #hku#hkumed#hkusph#CEPH#accredited#Master#publichealth
- HKU MPH - We Are Accredited!
Following a comprehensive and rigorous review process, we are excited to announce that our MPH Programme is fully accredited as a public health programme with Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). CEPH is an independent agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programmes. CEPH acted to accredit our MPH programme at its council meeting in June 2022. The accreditation term is for five years, until 1 July 2027. Our programme’s initial accreditation date was recorded as 13 March 2020. This is a significant achievement for our programme and a reflection of hard work from our faculty and staff who worked tirelessly attending meetings and gathering data for the self-study and the CEPH Site Visit. The result was an astonishing achievement and a report demonstrating full compliance across all CEPH criteria. This CEPH accreditation attests to the quality of our MPH and we want to take this opportunity to thank you all for SPH members in helping our MPH programme achieve this important milestone.
- Student Voice - Pang Cheuk Him Johnny
After obtaining my bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from CUHK in 2020, I work in the government as a graduate biomedical engineer under the HKIE Scheme A. During the training to be a qualified biomedical engineer, I have the opportunity to rotate to different divisions within the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department and the Department of Health and face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The experience made me understand the importance of public health, especially from the government’s point of view. I am currently doing a part-time MPH in Health Economics, Policy and Management. I am grateful and honoured to be awarded the UGC Targeted TPg Programmes Fellowship. Being a recipient of this Fellowship gave me the recognition in further developing my career path in the healthcare industry, and greatly motivates me to strive for my best. I really enjoy this MPH program because it gives me the opportunity to explore and enrich my knowledge, learning from world-renowned academic experts and fellow aspiring classmates from different areas of the healthcare profession. I have had several tutorial classes and valuable discussions with experienced and knowledgeable classmates. This is truly a valuable and unique experience. I am also very interested in studying public health issues and policies in Hong Kong and around the world. I wish to make use of the knowledge I acquire in this program to develop my career in the government, and to make our healthcare system even better.
- Student Voice - Jie Guo Rachel
Hi there – my name is Rachel, I am currently a part-time Year One MPH candidate in the concentration of Health Economics, Policy and Management (HEPM). I am now working in a public institution, mainly for public relations, editorial and digital communications. I was born and raised in the Mainland, then moved to Hong Kong 10 years ago for my first Master’s degree in journalism and communication. My first decade in Hong Kong has brought me challenge, aspiration and dignity than I could ever dare to wish for. I think I am ready and eager to see what life will bring in the second decade ahead – MPH is my new adventure. I was privileged to be granted the UGC Targeted TPg Fellowships. I was truly grateful that Fellowships recognised multidisciplinary integration while I see myself as an “exception” case. For me, the MPH adventure is indeed challenging, but informative and totally rewarding. I can tell that the School of Public Health has put a lot of thoughts in designing the class, recognising interprofessional collaboration and communication, which are pivotal in our future endeavours. I am particularly interested in issues regarding health equity and justice. COVID-19 has shown us again that the patterns of power, privilege and inequity that run throughout the society are just recapitulated in this health crisis. And people from underprivileged background have been disproportionately affected. I wish to be better equipped with public health competencies and join hands with stakeholders towards better addressing equity and justice in health in the region.
- Student Voice - Li Kin Cheung Harrison
My name is Harrison and I graduated from HKU Food & Nutritional Sciences program in the Class of 2021. I currently engage in a dual career – working in the banking industry, as well as running a healthcare social enterprise dedicated to managing and treating chronic diseases like eczema. I studied nutrition because of my personal journey in overcoming a 10-year-long struggle with eczema through the power of lifestyle medicine, and I wish to share this domain knowledge with the global population at scale. I didn't want to recover, be happy for a few months and forget about it. Part of my circumstantial genetic predisposition can be transformed into a gift to serve others similarly in need. The MPH program is a logical advancement to learn how to develop interventions at a global scale. My passion lies in the use of lifestyle medicine to manage chronic health conditions through modifiable behavioral risk factors, in conjunction or in lieu of mere pharmaceutical medications as sole therapy. In my application for the MPH program I had shared the same vision, and I feel grateful to have been recognized by the School of Public Health to receive the UGC Targeted TPg Fellowship. It reinforces my belief in engaging public health and the continuous mindset to learn and improve, particularly from domain experts and healthcare professionals from the curriculum. I enjoy the diversity of classmates which prevent groupthink in classwork, a common hidden problem in undergraduate studies. For example, my group mates are often diversified among cultural backgrounds, professional fields (medical, nursing, education, business), and years of working experience. This diversity prompts us to approach public health problems we didn’t think of before and nurtures our critical thinking ability. In terms of technical knowledge, I enjoy the course design where there is a healthy balance of theoretical academic research and real-world discussions (e.g. current affairs of the pandemic, guest speakers from local and international NGOs). I also personally find the ‘applied’ courses productive, from financial accounting, health economics, to health policy design and production. Graduating from the MPH (HEPM) program will equip me with established and state of the art theoretical and empirical models in engaging public health problems, and that I can push the needle further to close the gap between literature and real world application through advocacy and operating a socially-responsible business. If you’re reading this and considering the program, I’d recommend it at the level that you’re ready and willing to invest in yourself. In a Master’s program, no one will spoon-feed you with knowledge. If you don’t speak on Zoom, if you don’t engage assignments with effort, your degree duration (1 year for full-time or 2 years for part-time) will fly by at the blink of an eye. Join, but join with your dedication to engage in the domain to grasp the full value of the program!
- Student Voice - Chua Ka Kit Tony
I am a lecturer at the School of Chinese Medicine (CM) at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU). I am responsible for the teaching, research and clinical duty. I supervise both undergraduate and postgraduate CM students. Clinical research is my major research area and hence, knowledge of epidemiology and biostatistics is my major need. Besides, I am also an officer in Hong Kong Auxiliary Medical Service (AMS) and a section officer in the Health Protection Unit (HPU). My major duty is providing training and health promotion talks for both AMS medical members and Hong Kong citizens. Obviously, a Master of Public Health (MPH) is the most suitable course for me to fulfil my actual need and enhance my ability. However, the tuition fee has always been a huge burden and boundary for me. I have almost given up studying after I got married. The UGC Targeted TPg Fellowship is my timely rain. It is my great honor to be selected as one of the recipients of the Fellowship. I have completed courses in the first semester and am now working hard on my concentration courses, focusing on epidemiology and biostatistics. It is really not an easy task to finish my full-time job duty and keep studying in the remaining time. However, the knowledge and view I got from the MPH courses, especially the broad but scientific thinking of Dean Leung, is just well-fit and directly applicable to my daily work which really inspires me to keep going. I remember that in my undergraduate study, Prof. Vivien Wong shared her career development pathway and said “being a good doctor, I can help a number of patients; being a good teacher, I can help a hundred of people; being a good policymaker, I can help a thousand of citizens.” I believe that after my completion of the MPH programme, I can have much clearer, broader, scientific, and international insights to contribute to the health domain of Hong Kong, specifically the CM policy and the management of CM hospital.
- 15 HKUSPH Researchers ranked in the Top 1% worldwide
Fifteen faculty members of the School of Public Health, LKS Faculty of Medicine of The University of Hong Kong (HKU), are recognised as “HKU Scholars in the Top 1%” this year. The School ranks top among all HKU academic units in terms of total number of Top 1% Scholars, three years in a row. They are: Professor Cowling, Benjamin John Professor Guan, Yi Dr Ho, Daniel Sai Yin Professor Lam, Tai Hing Dr Lam, Tommy Tsan Yuk Dr Leung, Sze Man Kathy Professor Peiris, Joseph Sriyal Malik Professor Poon, Leo Lit Man Dr Schooling, Catherine Mary Dr Siu, Parco Ming Fai Dr Tian, Linwei Professor Wu, Joseph Tsz Kei Dr Wu, Peng Dr Yen, Hui-Ling Dr Zhu, Maria Huachen *In alphabetical order This list recognises HKU researchers ranked by Clarivate Analytics in the top 1% worldwide, by citations in at least one of the 22 research fields. Data is drawn from Essential Science Indicators (ESI). The School extends our heartfelt congratulations to our top scholars. Source: HKU Scholars Hub
- Six SPH academics named amongst the world's most Highly Cited Researchers in 2021
Six faculty members from our School have been named by Clarivate Analytics in its list of “Highly Cited Researchers 2021” as the most influential in the world. Their works have been highly cited by fellow academics and are hence making a significant impact in ongoing research in their respective fields of study. Our six Highly Cited Researchers are: Professor Ester Cerin Professor Benjamin Cowling Professor Gabriel Leung Professor Malik Peiris Professor Leo Poon Professor Joseph Wu Highly Cited Researchers are selected for their exceptional research performance, determined by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and year in Web of Science. Some 6,600 researchers from over 70 countries and regions were named Highly Cited Researchers in 2021. The School extends our heartfelt congratulations to our top scholars.
- MPH Information Sessions (2022 Intake)
The Master of Public Health (MPH) programme is inviting applications for September 2022 intake. For those who are interested in joining the programme, you are most cordially invited to our Information Session where our Academic Director will share information about the unique features of the MPH curriculum, career prospects, scholarship opportunities, as well as details on the UGC Targeted TPg Fellowships for local students. Date: 24 Nov 2021 | 22 Dec 2021 | 26 Jan 2022 (Wed) Time: 7-8pm Format: Online via Zoom Webinar Registration: https://hku.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3PoA9A3ZZtSiax0
- Dr Maria Zhu Huachen received the Chinese Young Women in Science Fellowship
Dr Maria Zhu Huachen, Associate Professor of School of Public Health, received the 16th Chinese Young Women in Science Fellowship (中國青年女科學家獎) for her contributions to scientific research and innovation. She is the only awardee from Hong Kong this year receiving the honour. Dr Zhu’s research has focused on elucidating mechanisms that lead to the emergence of viral threats at the human-animal interface – including viruses such as H1N1, H7N9, MERS, and most recently, SARS‑CoV‑2. In the past few years, she has identified zoonotic sources, transmission routes, evolutionary pathways, and molecular aspects that contribute to such viruses being severe threats to human health. Since 2020, she has been dedicated to developing vaccines and drugs for COVID-19. Her work is widely recognised by her peers and has been published in leading journals. This fellowship is highly prestigious and was jointly established by the All-China Women's Federation, the China Association for Science and Technology, the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, and L'Oréal China. The Fellowship recognises female scientists under the age of 45 who have made important and innovative scientific contributions. The School extends our sincerest congratulations to Dr Zhu for her achievement. More details about Dr Zhu’s award and her work are available at the webpage (Chinese only).