Research Postgraduate Programmes

MPhil-PhD in Public Health

The MPhil-PhD 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 8 divisions of the CUHK JC School of Public Health and Primary Care. MPhil and PhD programmes are articulated, which means that students can, with Division approval, transfer from the MPhil to the first (pre-candidacy) part of the PhD, and vice-versa.

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Our fields of specialization are:
  1. Biostatistics

  2. Epidemiology

  3. Family Medicine and Primary Health Care

  4. Global Health and Humanitarian Medicine

  5. Health Promotion and Behavioural Health

  6. Health System, Policy and Management

  7. Infectious Diseases

  8. Occupational and Environmental Health

International Perspectives and International Cooperation
JCSPHPC has established collaborations with various international organizations as we believe in collaboration and emphasize international partnership. Closer links have been established with 254 universities/institutions in 26 different countries. Links with mainland China are of particular importance and many staff members have extensive collaborations with universities and other organizations in the mainland.

Apart from the international links, JCSPHPC actively maintains collaboration with local government departments and medical organizations in Hong Kong:

  • Food and Health Bureau, HKSAR Government

  • Hong Kong Academy of Medicine

  • Hong Kong College of Community Medicine

  • Hospital Authority

  • The Hong Kong College of Family Physicians

​Opportunities to research exchange in overseas

Every year around 13% of our full-time PhD students can get the grants from CUHK to conduct supervised research in prestigious universities over the world, such as:

  • Karolinska Institutet

  • Utrecht University

  • University of Oxford

  • Yale University

  • Brown University

  • University of California Berkeley

  • University of Toronto

  • University of Sydney

Our teaching medium is English
Excellent teachers

We have very experienced and excellent academic staff in the School, such as:

  • Prof. EK Yeoh  - Systems for Health

  • Prof. Emily Chan  - Disaster and Global Health

  • Prof. Joseph Lau  - Behavioural Health

  • Prof. SS Lee - Infectious diseases

  • Prof. Shelly Tse - Occupational and environmental health, cancer epidemiology

  • Prof. Martin Wong  - Prevention and screening of chronic disease 

  • Prof. Samuel Wong  - Interventional studies for common mental health problems in primary care and Multimorbidity in Primary Care 

  • Prof. Benny Zee  - Clinical trials methodology including pharmaceutical statistics, Public Health issues including infectious disease modelling, Bioinformatics including microarray data analysis, image processing and diagnostic methods


For more details about our academic staff.

Interdisciplinary research excellence

We have the following well-established research areas:

E.g. Interventions for chronic disease and mental health problems in primary care, Evaluation of primary care models and outcomes relevant to primary care services, Cancer screening in community and primary care settings, Global Health, Climate change, HIV, Addiction, Mental Health, Evidence-based Medicine, 24/7 Society and Public Health Exposome, Pollution and Smart Cities, Clinical trials, Health policy, Regulation of health system, Health system management, Healthcare resources, Healthcare financing, Quality of care: patient experience and engagement, patient preference and health utility,  Promotion of HPV self-sampling as patient choice in cervical cancer screening HPV, Equity in health and health care; Person-centered care and etc.

​Accomplishments of our PhD graduates

A number of our PhD graduates are currently working in the academia, research and healthcare-related sectors in Hong Kong, Mainland and overseas.  For example, 9 of them are serving as professorial staff / Lecturers in The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Below are other examples (in alphabetical order): 

  • Mainland

    • CHEN Weiqing – Professor, School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University

    • GU Jing – Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University

    • HAO Chun – Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University

    • HE Qiqiang - Associate Director,  Associate Professor, Department of Nutrition and Good Hygiene, School of Health Sciences, Wuhan University

    • JIANG Yu, Johnny - Associate Director, School of Public Health, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences/Peking Union Medical College

    • LIU Zhaomin – Professor, School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University

    • LI Jinghua – Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University

    • WANG Haoxiang – Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University

    • ZHANG Caixia – Professor, School of Public Health, Sun Yat-sen University

    • ZHAN Siyang - Professor and Deputy Director, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Peking University

  • Overseas

    • DI Mengyang, Miranda - Resident, Internal Medicine, Brown University, USA

    • FONG Hildy - Executive Director, UC Berkeley Center for Global Public Health, USA

    • LI Mengjie, Maggie - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, USA

    • MOU Jin - Senior Research Epidemiologist, MultiCare Health System, Hospital In Tacoma, Washington, USA

    • WU Shenghui - Assistant Professor, The University of Texas Health at San Antonio, USA

    • XIE Shaohua - Assistant Professor, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

    • YUAN Qi - Research Fellow, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore


Graduates' Voice

Dr. Vivian C. PUN

Graduate, PhD in Public Health (2011-2014)

Awardee of Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

Awardee of JCSPHPC 2014 Best PhD Thesis Award

As someone who was trained in Western academic institutions, I am impressed by the high quality of postgraduate education and diversified research expertise at JCSPHPC. My PhD training was both challenging and highly rewarding: I gained knowledge on different study designs and methodologies relevant to latest research through a wide range of courses and projects offered by the School. The School also provided me financial supports to attend international conferences and engage in research exchanges, and helped me develop critical collaborations with world-class experts in my field of environmental health.

MPhil-PhD programme in Public Health

We offer the articulated MPhil-PhD programme in Public Health and we support interdisciplinary studies in the fields of public health and primary care.

  • CUHK Postgraduate Studentships (Scholarship/Stipend)

    • The CUHK Postgraduate Studentship is available for full-time research postgraduate students throughout normative study period in 3 or 4 years which is to be decided by the Graduate School

    • Monthly stipend in 2019-20 is HK$17,330 (pre-candidacy) or HK$17,810 (post-candidacy).

    • You may refer to the Graduate School webpage about application and admission

    • Application deadline is 31 January every year.

  • Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) from the RGC

    • Apart from the CUHK regular scholarship, the HKSAR Government offers the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship to full-time PhD students.  It offers HK$25,800 per month to the awardees and a conference and research-related travel allowance at HK$12,900 per year. A tuition waiver will be provided to HKPFS awardees during their whole normative study period. Also it provides an award of HK$20,000 for lodging in the first year of study of HKPFS awardees. The awardees will have guaranteed on-campus accommodation during the normative study period and their on-campus hostel fee will be waived in the first year of study. HKPFS awardees with a normative study period of 4 years, CUHK provides stipend and conference travel allowance at HKPFS level for the fourth year of study. 

Tuition Fee

Tuition fee is HK$42,100 per year.

A tuition waiver will be provided to local Hong Kong students during their normative study period under the Tuition Waiver Scheme for Local Research Postgraduate (RPg) Students. Please refer to this link.

How to apply PhD/MPhil programme? 

CUHK in the international ranking

Our funded places are limited. MPhil and PhD applicants have to compete these places together. If you want to graduate at the master’s level, please consider our taught programmes in Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Master of Science in Health Services Management, as well as these diploma and postgraduate diploma programmes. For more details, you may refer to webpage



Updated on 31 Oct 2019