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  • 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:

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  • Practicum - Yasuko Shimizu | HKU MPH

    Yasuko Shimizu at Mediva Inc. Student Name Yasuko Shimizu Concentration of Study Public Health Practice (PHP) MPH Degree Mode and Graduation Year Part-time, 2018 Practicum Mode Self-initiated Practicum Practicum Site Mediva Inc. 1. Describe your practicum. I had my practicum at Mediva Inc, a medical consulting company in Tokyo, Japan. One of their business is to support medical services and facilities in overseas, mainly in developing countries. When I started my practicum, they were working on to establish health check-up service in Hanoi, Vietnam with cooperation of the largest teaching hospital, Bac Mai Hospital and the Vietnam government. The project had three phases, (1) to install a health check-up service within Bach Mai Hospital, (2) to build a health check-up facility in Bac Mai second hospital which is now under construction, (3) to install health check-up systems to cover whole northern Vietnam. I was responsible for planning a strategy for the third phase, which Mediva could commence in the future. 2. Why did you choose your practicum organization/ practicum project? Before I started the MPH course, I was working in the business management department of a medical equipment company. As I learnt through the MPH course that social wellness contributes largely to individual health, it became my challenge how I could integrate such broad perspectives of public health into for-profit business which I would go back after the study. Therefore, I was keen to find the practicum site to best tackle my challenge. ​ I started searching for the practicum site after semester 1 of my first year. I found Mediva through internet and started contacting in following May. I completed my practicum during the winter holiday after the first semester of my second year. 3. What was the most rewarding part of your practicum? In the third phase of the health check up promotion plan I worked on, I emphasized the benefit and the meaning of health check up service brought to the ethnic minority and poor people who were still a major focus in Vietnam. This is because the MPH course taught me to always look at the underprivileged people and without helping those people, the social wellness cannot be achieved., I believed the health check-up program Mediva was trying to establish would be truly meaningful if those people receive the benefit. ​ It was not easy to make the plan possibly acceptable and worthwhile to the disadvantaged population yet feasible to Mediva’s business. ​ However, I feel I achieved it and by achieving this, I feel I acquired a hint to my challenge of bridging public health and business. Also the perspective I suggested to Mediva was unique as it involved much of public health essences which business professionals do not necessarily have. It was rewarding that Mediva members appreciated my viewpoint. 4. What skills did you gain as a result of your practicum? The practicum offered a great opportunity to utilize and integrate the skills and knowledge I acquired through the course. As Mediva is a consulting firm, I had a chance to practice and learn how to professionally present my work. In other words, I acquired a skill to convey messages in the manner so that people without public health background understand and follow what is presented. This is actually an essential public health skill necessary in communication. 5. How can you see your practicum helping with your future career in public health? As mentioned before the experience gave me a clue to bridge between business and what I learnt in public health. Ultimate goal for public health and business (it may be a very long term goal for business) should be the same, to contribute better life for people. I feel confident that I could integrate my public health knowledge and aspects in any situations in business. 6. Do you have any advice for future practicum students? We all should have a reason to start MPH study, and we all have either vague or solid plan for what we want to do after the course (it would be great if it expands as you study). The practicum offers a great opportunity to step towards the future career. Teachers were very supportive to my self initiated practicum. It would be a great advantage to elaborate on what you want to do in the future and start preparing for the practicum at early stage of the course. Back

  • Practicum | HKU MPH

    Practicum The practicum aims to prepare students with a broad mastery of subjects and methods necessary for the field of public health practice, bridging theory and practice. In compliance with the standards set by the Council on Education for Public Health “the practicum is a planned, supervised and evaluated public health practice experience” (p.16) with defined learning outcomes and deliverable(s) in which students are expected to demonstrate competency based learning outcomes as defined by the ‘Core competencies for the public health professionals May 2010’ ( ) such as but not limited to the following. Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate, synthesize and apply knowledge and skills to a public health problem; and demonstrate the skills needed to function in a professional public health setting, such as: Problem solving and analysis Interpersonal, oral and written communication Self-assessment and critical reflection Practicums may be carried out in one of the following local, regional, or international locations: Public health agency Public or private health care organisation Non-governmental organisation Practicum Placements Amna Malik at Health in Action Cheung Yuk Man at Division of Haematology, Medical Oncology & Haemopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation, Department of Medicine, Queen Mary Hospital Chiu Cheuk Pong at Clinical Epidemiology Department, Tan Tock Seng Hospital Singapore Janet Lam at Department of Strategy and Service Planning, Hospital Authority Head Office Jonathan Yuen at Tseung Kwan O Hospital Lam Sui Kei at McCann Health NG Hoi Chak at Hong Kong Adventist Hospital (Stubbs Road) – Lifestyle Management Centre NITTA Junichi at Vision for Coffee Nason Tan at HK AIDS Concern Qamar Humaira at Reconnect Limited TSE Ping Chit Naomi at AIDS Concern Vergil Tang at Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, Stubbs Road (CHI005h) Yasuko Shimizu at Mediva Inc. YIK Siu Long Thomas at EmpowerU YIU Kuen Fong at Department of Paediatrics & Adolescent Medicine and Department of Pathology, HKU Yang Jiaxin at Sunshine Action

  • Practicum - Vergil Tang | HKU MPH

    Vergil Tang at Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, Stubbs Road (CHI005h) Student Name Vergil Tang Concentration of Study Epidemiology and Biostatistics (EB) MPH Degree Mode and Graduation Year Full time, 2017-2018 Practicum Mode School-approved Practicum Practicum Site Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, Stubbs Road (CHI005h) If MPH were a book, this practicum experience would be one of the most significant and rewarding chapters. Practicum bridged the gap between theory and practice, and toned up my skills of analyzing health data, in addition to collaborating with research team and conducting literature reviews. ​ I completed my practicum in the Hong Kong Adventist Hospital, Stubbs Road (HKAH). I worked closely with the Lifestyle Management Center, of which their vision is to share health reform messages that emphasize on the integration of the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of Total Health. Throughout the program, I had the privilege to provide statistical support, prepare articles for publication and deliver a health talk based on my literature review to an audience of senior citizens. ​ The program provided me with practical opportunities to apply the concept and theories I have learnt at school. For example, the statistical analyses in my supervisor’s research was something of challenging. To handle data properly, I revisited lecture notes and consulted my Biostatistics instructor. By running a statistical model in preparation for article publication, my learning curve was way steeper than finishing a problem set in class. ​ Before this practicum, wellness program, lifestyle management and health education were merely jargons to me. The program equipped me with a better understanding of health education – educating the public through health talk, wellness program and screening programs. “Health education research involves the translation of established and promising methods of disease prevention and health promotion to communities.” Both health education and research play imperative roles in public health, and I am honoured to have taken part through my practicum. Back

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