Full Course List 

Students are required to study 36 units for graduation. The below content is subject to change.

Core Courses (32 Units)

PBHT5000 Foundations of Public Health (1 unit)

This course is an introductory course for all students which aims to provide an overview on the history, basic concepts and current issues in the field of public health. Students will gain a broad, general understanding of how public health issues can be framed in the context of global health and the three interrelated domains of public health practice: health protection, health improvement, and health services. This foundation course will equip students with an analytic lens that is essential for deeper learning in global public health. Tutorials will reinforce concepts taught in lecture.

EPID5000 Basic Epidemiology & Biostatistics (2 units)

This course serves as an introduction to epidemiology for post-graduate students and gives a general overview of disease quantification, the various epidemiological studies used in public health and their respective interpretations and limitations. The course covers the basic competencies of public health epidemiology provides the basis for more advanced studies.

HSYS5001 Health Systems, Policy & Management (3 units)

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of management, strategic planning, quality assurance, health economics and financing, and health policy analysis that serves as a foundation to more advanced coursework in health policy & management. This course is benchmarked to meet certain part of the competencies of the Part A, Diplomate Online assignment Membership level of the UK Public Health Examination, the US Certified Public Health Exam of the Association of Schools of Public Health as well as Part I Examination in Administrative Medicine of the HK College of Community Medicine.

HSYS5002 Healthcare Organization and Management (2 units)

This course aims to equip students with a broad base of knowledge and concepts in health services management, as well as to develop their competency in applying the knowledge and learning to appraise day-to-day management and operational problems in healthcare organisations. The course emphasizes on learning through reflection and practical application of key concepts in organisation and management supported by real case examples. This course is designed to meet most of the Basic Specialist Training and Part I Examination curriculum in Administrative Medicine of the HK College of Community Medicine. This course is also a pre-requisite requirement for some other courses taught in the second year of the MSc programme.

Pre-requisite requirement: HSYS5001 Health Systems, Policy & Management

HSYS5003 Health Economics: Economic Evaluation (1 unit)

There is a fundamental question asked in public health and health care in general: how can we get the best results, in terms of better health, from the resources which are available in the community? Economics evaluation, as a field, attempts to provide a systematic and rationale framework to improve the efficient and equitable allocation of scarce health care resources. We will introduce the framework of cost-effectiveness analysis, the underlying theory of rationale of utility measures (QALY, DALY) in cost-utility analysis, and how to conduct sample size calculation for cost-effectiveness analysis. A tutorial session (60min) will follow after each lecture to discuss and conduct critical review of case studies. No prerequisite module is required.

HSYS5004 Healthcare Systems and Policies (3 units)

This course will build on the content of HSYS5001, and students will gain advanced understanding on the structural and functional characteristics of health systems and policy framework. Through in- class interactive discussions and group presentation, students will acquire competency in analysing factors which impact on health service delivery and health policy making process. Students will also be exposed to basic methodology in health policy research & analysis.

Pre-requisite requirement: HSYS5001 Health Systems, Policy & Management

HSYS5005 Healthcare Financing (1 unit)

This course introduces the key policy and economic principles that underpin the approaches to healthcare financing and the performance of health systems in relation to Universal Health Coverage.

HSYS5006 Managing in Healthcare (2 units)

This course focuses on the practical aspects of management, and supplements the theories presented in HSYS5001, HSYS5002 and HSYS5012, to further the training in healthcare management. Teaching will include lectures, case studies and small-group discussions, as well as exercises and interactive games to enhance management insights.

HSYS5011 Health Informatics (1 unit)

This course provides an overview on the key concepts of health informatics and the transformation capability of information technology in modern industries, with an emphasis on the principles of healthcare information systems as well as the importance of informatics in enhancing management effectiveness and achieving managerial goals in healthcare settings. The local and international development of health IT and related challenges will also be discussed.

HSYS5012 Human Resource Management (3 units)

This course aims to introduce the major issues and concepts of human resource management in the healthcare setting, so as to develop students' capabilities in analysing and solving related problems to achieve system or organizational objectives.

HSYS5013 Financial Management (2 units)

This course focuses on essential competencies of health services managers to understand, interpret and manage financial resources. It covers basic knowledge and concepts in Management Accounting and Financial Management. Topics include accounting principles and standards, financial statements and their interpretation, financial performance, risks and corporate governance, budgeting and budget control, costing and benchmarking, revenue generation, financial decision making, and common pitfalls.

Pre-requisite requirement: HSYS5002 Healthcare Organization and Management

HSYS5014 Quality and Safety Management (2 units)

This course introduces students to 1. the concept, framework, practical approaches and current movement for safe, efficient, effective, and patient-centred healthcare; 2. principle and practices of incident management and patient relations; 3. concepts of errors in healthcare and principles and strategies in quality improvement.

HSYS5015 Medico-legal Management (2 units)

This course covers the principles and practices of medico-legal management in modern healthcare. The course uses case studies to cover important topics in medico-legal management including theory and principles of complaints handling and investigation, clinical negligence and responsibility, and risk management strategies.

HSYS6900 Master Level Guided Case Study (6 units)

Through the Guided Case Study, students are expected to develop the competency in integrating and applying their learning from the courses in the MSc programme to address a health services management problem from their own workplace.

HSYS5018 Healthcare Ethics (1 unit)

This module introduces and discusses major health care ethics issues and provide perspectives for health services management. The issues are discussed based on cases and dilemmas.

Elective Courses (Select 4 out of 9)

HSYS5016 Health Services Planning (1 unit)

This course aims to enrich students with the knowledge and acquire competencies in health services planning. The scope of the course ranges from planning for the health of the population to planning of physical facilities. Students will learn to appraise the planning issues of a region or hospital through a case study, group presentation and class discussion.

HSYS5017 Health Innovation & Technology Management (1 unit)

This course aims to enrich students with the knowledge in health innovation and technology management. The course will involve active learning from the students with a workshop on design thinking and a case study on health technology management. Pre-requisite requirement: HSYS5002 Healthcare Organization and Management

HSYS5019 Operation Management (1 unit)

This course introduces students to key concepts in operations management including LEAN and 6-sigma in the healthcare settings.

HSYS5020 Corporate Communication and Marketing (1 unit)

This course introduces students to the principles and practices of today’s corporate communication and marketing in healthcare. Examples and case studies, from healthcare where appropriate, are used to illustrate the up-to-date treatment of the key aspects of corporate communication and marketing. Quota applicable.

HSYS5021 Advanced Organization Management (1 unit)

This course aims to equip students with a more in-depth knowledge in organizational management by going into areas of organizational health and organizational culture. Organizational health and organizational culture are important and related concepts affecting the performance of the organization with respect to external and internal stakeholders. The course emphasizes on learning through reflection and practical application of key concepts in organizational health and culture supported by case studies. Pre-requisite requirement: HSYS5002 Healthcare Organization and Management

HSYS5022 Patient-Centred Health System (1 unit)

Special topics having significant impacts on the quality of care in the health system in the lecturer’s field of expertise will be covered. Patient-centered care is an important aspect in the health system to achieve population health. This course aims to emphasize the importance of patient as an individual and to consider the context of his or her living outside the hospital and incorporate this understanding into practice to provide patient-centered and quality of care in healthcare delivery. Both didactic and interactive strategies will be adopted to promote learning experience and engagement in the course. (Run alternative year)

HSYS5023 Local Visits (1 unit)

This course aims to give students a broader and deeper exposure to service management through observing management in action in both healthcare and non-healthcare settings. Management in non-healthcare settings can often shed useful insights to healthcare management. The ability to observe and identify good practices or rooms for improvement, and to evaluate different practices are important skills for health service managers and the group interactions would help to sharpen these skills. These local visits supplement the classroom teaching. The work of summarising and presenting their observations would help to consolidate the learnings from visiting these organisations. To satisfy the requirement for this course, the student needs to participate in one local visit to healthcare organization, and one local visit to a non-healthcare organization, participate in one presentation session and submit a reflective essay. (Run during Year 1 whole-year, Visit conduct in Cantonese)

HSYS5024 Driving Healthcare Improvement with Data (1 unit)

This course introduces students to 1. The concept and practice of data-driven healthcare improvement in the context of interprofessional teamwork; 2. Data visualization and analytic tools that inform decision making in the context of clinical practices (for example, run charts and control charts); 3. Data and change management: Feedback and improving the whole process

HSYS5025 Flow Management in Healthcare Operations (1 unit)

Hospitals often encounter over-crowding, congestion and not having adequate beds issues. This is especially true during winter, and less so during summer influenza seasons. Knowledge in flow management would help to ease these situations. This course introduces students to 1. The concept and practice of flow management in hospital and our broader healthcare context 2. Tools to improve flows of patients, materials and information within an acute care setting and between hospitals and the community 3. The role of healthcare informatics and big data in enhancing hospital flow management 4. Case studies of how exemplary healthcare organizations manage their operations