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About HKU School of Public Health

Leading Research and Teaching Hub in Public Health

The School of Public Health has a long and distinguished history in public health education and high impact research. With world leading research in infectious and non-communicable diseases of both local and global importance, the School has made significant contributions through its research and advocacy to improve the health of populations and individuals, both locally and globally.


The School has been a leader in public health education and training in Hong Kong and Asia, and a training hub for public health physician trainees and healthcare practitioners dedicated to protecting and enhancing health for all people. More than 2,000 men and women have graduated from the Master of Public Health, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy programmes, with alumni coming from all over the world.


With the overarching goal to become a hub in training the next generation of leaders in public health, the School has introduced a ground-breaking Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Global Health and Development programme, the first of its kind in Asia, in 2019/20, and is recruiting for its 3rd cohort in the academic year 2021/22.



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The School of Public Health has been redesignated as WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control for another 4 years until December 2022. As the first of such kind at the University, this designation is a due recognition of the School’s distinguished contributions to the prevention and control of emerging infectious diseases and betterment of population health.



WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control

Research into Action

Our focus on achieving a better understanding of health and well-being in populations is matched by an equal emphasis on knowledge exchange – bringing academic research to the community. Having close ties with health policymakers, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other collaborating partners, the School is committed to knowledge exchange and public engagement through a wide range of high-impact community initiatives.

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