The Graduate Division of Public Health was established in 2005 as one of the graduate divisions within the Faculty of Medicine of The Chinese University of Hong Kong to provide public health and primary care related postgraduate education. We offer the articulated MPhil-PhD programme in Public Health.
M.Phil.-Ph.D. in Public Health
Our research programme supports interdisciplinary studies in the field of public health and primary care and aims to build the capacity of students in research methodologies as they relate to public and population health, and community oriented primary care. The fields of study are related to health protection, health improvement and as well as research methodologies and health service provision. Students will need to learn by conducting independent research and by participating in the work of the 7 divisions of the CUHK School of Public Health and Primary Care. Starting from 2011-12, we offer the “articulated” M.Phil.-Ph.D. programme framework. M.Phil. and Ph.D. programmes are articulated, which means that students can, with approval from the Graduate Division, transfer from the MPhil to the first (pre-candidacy) part of the PhD and vice-versa.
Fields of specialization
- Family Medicine and Primary Health Care
- Health Improvement
- Health System, Policy and Management
- Infectious Diseases
- Occupational and Environmental Health
Research Areas of SPHPC Professors
In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, applicants should have a Bachelor’s degree in public health, medicine or a related field, preferably with honours at second upper division or above. Applicants are preferred presenting valid TOEFL or IELTS score which meets the Programme’s requirement.
The Graduate School’s programme prospectus is available on
For the university entry requirement, please see this page http://www2.cuhk.edu.hk/gss/entry.php
For application procedure/preparation, please find more guidelines on this page http://www2.cuhk.edu.hk/gss/present.php
Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme
The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme, established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) in 2009, aims at attracting the best and brightest students from all over the world to pursue their PhD studies in Hong Kong. The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$20,000 and a conference travel allowance of HK$10,000 per year for the awardees for a maximum period of three years. For awardees with a normative study period of 4 years, CUHK will offer the award at the same level for the fourth year. Those who are seeking admission as new full-time PhD students, irrespective of their country of origin and ethnic background, should be eligible to apply. Applicants should demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance, research ability / potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities. For details please refer to website http://www2.cuhk.edu.hk/gss/hkphd/
The HKPFS online application format is different from those in last year. Applicants should make an initial application online (http://cerg1.ugc.edu.hk/hkpfs/apply.html) through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) Electronic System to obtain a HKPFS reference number by 1 December 2012 at Hong Kong Time 12:00:00 (GMT +8 hours) before submitting applications for PhD admission to their chosen institutions. Applicants should therefore comply with the admission requirements of their selected institutions and programmes. Applicants should submit initial applications as early as possible to ensure that they have sufficient time to submit applications to individual institutions. Please now send both HKPFS online application and CUHK online application for PhD programme in Public Health.
December 1, 2012 - For applicants who apply for PhD programmes through the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)
January 31, 2013 - For applicants who apply for MPhil/PhD programmes directly with the CUHK (i.e. not through the HKPFS)
CUHK On-line Application for Admission
Apart from online application, please also send us below hardcopy supporting documents:
- Print the completed paper Application Form/Submit Online Application Form
- Official Transcripts from the University attended by applicants*;
- Copies of degree certificates;
- Documents showing the applicant has fulfilled the Graduate School's English Language Proficiency requirement (e.g. IELTS or TOEFL);
- Confidential Recommendations from Two referees respectively*;
- Application Fee Receipt (Not necessary for credit card payment through online application);
- Copies of identity card or passport;
- A brief research proposal to show your plan; and
- Your CV.
* Official Transcripts and Confidential Recommendation must reach the Graduate Division directly from the University and referees, or in sealed envelopes by the university or the referees to be sent by the applicant with other support documents to the Graduate Division.
Hardcopy of supporting document should be sent to our address:
Graduate Division of Public Health (PhD/MPhil),
Room 202, 2/F, School of Public Health and Primary Care,
Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, N.T.
(Awards of Postgraduate Studentship)
•Postgraduate Studentship (PGS) is a form of financial assistance provided to full-time postgraduate students registered in research degree programmes. Holders of such studentship are not employees of the University.
•The studentship is available in most Graduate Divisions. Normally, the award of a PGS will be made known to students at the same time as they receive their admission offers, students need not make a separate application for obtaining the award.
•Students receiving PGS awards are expected to assist in the teaching and research work. Their duties will be assigned by the School.
For further information, please visit the following webpages:
Tuition fee for 2012-13 (http://www2.cuhk.edu.hk/gss/download/pdf/research_prog/RPG%20(ENG)_LO-RES_6.pdf )
Living cost (http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/oal/study_at_cuhk/living/livingcost.htm and http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/clc/e_living.htm )
Last updated on 3 Jan 2013