FAQ

1. Will there be any admission interview? If so, in what language? What is the interview about? What are the assessment criteria?
Applicants may be invited for an admission interview. Interviews are conducted irregularly after the admission is open for application in October. Interviews are conducted in English. The interviews are about current issues and the BSc in Community Health Practice programme. Assessment criteria include, but not limited to, applicants’ academic results and interview performance.
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2. Are interview opportunities only granted to applicants who select BSc in Community Health Practice as their first-preference?
Applicants’ preferences and their sub-degree level academic results are considered when the programme selects applicants for interviews. Therefore, if applicants select BSc in Community Health Practice as their first-preference, they have a greater chance to be invited for an interview.
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3. How much is the interview performance weighted?
Applicants’ interview performance is very important for the applicant selection process. Although no definite weighting is assigned to applicants’ interview performance, it is considered together with applicants’ sub-degree level academic results when the programme ranks applicants on the merit order list.
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4. Will my application be considered if my sub-degree qualification is not health or social science-related?
Applicants’ academic background is more suitable for the BSc in Community Health Practice programme if their sub-degree qualification is health or social science-related. If not, their applications will still be considered.
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5. Is this a UGC funded programme?
The BSc in Community Health Practice programme is a UGC funded programme.
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6. What level of the Qualifications Framework does the BSc in Community Health Practice programme belong to?
Same as other bachelor degree programmes, the BSc in Community Health Practice programme belongs to level 5 of the Qualifications Framework. The Qualifications Register (QR) Registration Number of the programme is 13/000303/L5.
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7. What can I learn from the BSc in Community Health Practice programme?
The BSc in Community Health Practice programme aims at equipping the graduates with the knowledge, skills and competencies of applying health theories, which is required for effective implementation of community health programmes. Students will learn about public health concepts including contemporary health issues, environmental influence on health, and health ethics and law. Students will also be exposed to health sciences including principles of infectious diseases and biostatistics. Last but not least, students will acquire skills in organizing community health projects, including community needs assessment, health communications and non-governmental organizations management.
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8. Will there be internship opportunities?
Students will spend 250 hours on placement in government departments or non-governmental organizations in their second year of study to gain hands-on experience of community health project organization.
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9. Will there be exchange opportunities?
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has formal partnerships with about 300 institutions in over 30 countries or regions around the world, and the partnership list grows ever longer. Every year, hundreds of CUHK students join the exchange programmes of these institutions for one term or one academic year. The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care has also established close connection with many overseas institutions, including Boston University of the US, University of Oxford of the UK and Peking University of China.
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10. What is the graduation requirement?
This 2-year full-time programme requires students to complete 69 units of courses in order to fulfill graduation requirement. Among them, 52 units are from major courses and 17 units are from other courses, including English, General Education, PE and Electives.
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11. What kind of students is more suitable for the BSc in Community Health Practice programme?
The BSc in Community Health Practice programme is suitable for students who are mission-driven, have good leadership and welcome challenges. Interested students should also be good at analytical thinking, have good language competence and high social awareness.
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12. What is the career prospect of graduates of the BSc in Community Health Practice programme?
Graduates of this Programme will play diverse roles in helping to meet the increasing demands from health issues in our society. Graduates will be well-trained in handling community health issues by developing new roles in healthcare delivery, e.g. prevention of non-communicable diseases, patient empowerment of self-management, and primary health care. Graduates of the Programme will be employable in many sectors including business, social care, primary care, and education, as well as Non-Governmental Organisations.
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13. What is the difference between community health practitioners (CHP) and medical professionals?
CHP serve to reduce health and social care costs by preventing health problems, promoting healthy lifestyles, improving compliance to medical advice, enhancing self-care and self-management skills, and facilitating access to appropriate health and social services. One of the most important tasks of CHP is to equip individuals and families with the knowledge and skills in making informed choices for their health within the context of the setting where they live and work.
Medical professionals give treatment to patients when they are sick or injured, usually at individual level.
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