DFS Application Code: HPDFS-HSC
HD Application Code: HDHSC
This programme aims to provide students with fundamental but essential knowledge in health and social care. Coupled with practical learning in community settings, the curriculum design also takes reference of the basic curriculum contents of some major healthcare professionals. Subsequently the students will be equipped with healthcare knowledge and skills to become competent community healthcare workers and prospective students of health science as well as social science programmes.
Programme Aims and Features
The programme covers general healthcare knowledge from principles and theories, practical health and social needs assessment skills to programme planning and evaluation activities. It allows students to communicate within a multidisciplinary team in community settings utilising counselling and communication skills. Local and overseas learning exposures in real healthcare settings not only provide students with an eye-opening experience to understand different cultures and community perspectives, these also enhance and broaden their interests in global health issues. Graduates can develop their career in areas such as the operations of private healthcare groups, frontline services of medical specialist centres and programme administration of community health sector.
Opportunities for Further Studies
Programmes offered by local universities
Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes in Social Work, Nursing, Community Care, Sport and Recreation Management or other relevant disciplines offered by local universities (including HKU).
The list below shows the degree offers that our graduates/ students received in the past*:
- The University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Nursing
- The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Nursing
BSc Community Health Practice
BSc Public Health
- City University of Hong Kong
BSocSc Applied Sociology
BSocSc Public Policy and Politics
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BSc (Hons) Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health
BSc (Hons) Nursing
Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons)
*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.
Programmes offered by overseas universities
Graduates are also eligible to apply for admission to Bachelor’s degree programmes in Nursing, Community Care, Social and Public Policy or other health-related disciplines offered by overseas universities:
- Part-time (24-month), BA (Hons) Integrated Health and Social Care offered locally by the Manchester Metropolitan University, UK in collaboration with HKU SPACE.
A 160-hour local and overseas exposure in real healthcare settings can benefit students in understanding of respective health disciplines. Moreover, visits to health-related industry of publicly funded organisations and privately owned companies will enhance students in their studies as well as broaden their vision in career choices.
Participating organisations and enterprises:
- Residential homes and day care centres under Social Welfare Department
- Service units and Expos participating in active ageing
- Non-government organisations for elderly care
- Private medical groups / healthcare enterprises
- Overseas healthcare and community care sectors
- Mental wellness service / district health centre
The government advocates primary healthcare and community care. Graduates can practise in health related industries such as nongovernment sector, private medical or healthcare groups. Furthermore, they can also join the business development team of health technology companies contributing in smart healthcare and gerontech services; or become a health promotion personnel in health related sector.
Topick, 4 July 2019