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 diseases as well as on 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 is a leading research and teaching hub in public health on influenza and other emerging viruses, control of infectious and non-communicable diseases, tobacco control, air pollution, psycho-oncology, behavioural sciences, life-course epidemiology, and health economics, health services planning and management. The work has informed international (e.g. the World Health Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations), national and local public health policies.





The School of Public Health has been designated as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control with effect from December 10, 2014. The designation of the School of Public Health as a WHO Collaborating Centre is the ­first of such kind at the University.


WHO Collaborating Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Control

Pioneering Global Health Education & Research

The School of Public Health, and its fore-runner, the Department of Community Medicine at HKU, have been leaders in public health education and training in Hong Kong and Asia. The School is externally accredited by the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine as a training centre for public health physician trainees. Over the past 40 years, more than 1,300 men and women have graduated from taught postgraduate and research postgraduate programmes, with alumni coming from all over the world.


The School has laid out a new strategic direction for 2017-2022 and aims to broaden its vision to create “a city, region and world in which people, their communities and their environments are healthy”, and to develop a more global and future-oriented perspective.


With the overarching goal to become a hub in training the next generation of leaders in global public health, the School is introducing a ground-breaking Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Global Health and Development programme, the ­first of its kind in Asia, in 2019/20. Based on the School’s established excellence in public health research, the School is pursuing three interlocking thematic areas of local and global public health significance including:


1. Healthy cities in a healthy world;

2. Emerging infectious diseases;

3. Global public health governance.


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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