PolyU SPEED BSc (Hons) in Applied Sciences (Health Studies) - Full-time
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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Sciences (Health Studies) - Full-time

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Sciences (Health Studies) - Full-time

Programme Code

84048-HS (Full-time)

Credits Required for Graduation

Minimum 60 credits

Medium of Instruction

English (except for subjects with Chinese requirements)

Scheme Leader & Award Leader


MBBS, MPH, DOM, DFM, FHKCCM, FHKAM, Specialist in Community Medicine

Assistant Award Leader

Dr Oscar CHIU

BSc, PhD

Commencement Date

06 Sep 2021

Normal Duration

2 years

Tuition Fee (Local students)

HK$2,625/ credit

Tuition Fee (Non-local students)

HK$2,885/ credit

Aims and Objectives

The teaching team of this programme includes experienced medical and healthcare professionals. During the course, students are encouraged to participate in field work experience and scholarly activities such as publications in journals and book chapters. A number of graduates have proceeded to postgraduate studies in Master’s programmes at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and City University of Hong Kong in infection control, health informatics, public health, nutrition and food sciences, biomedical engineering, and sports medicine and health science. A graduate has been admitted to undergraduate pharmacy study at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and another one to Master of Nursing at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. 

Programme Structure

Students are required to complete the following requirements with satisfactory results for an honours degree:


General University Requirements (GUR)9 – 18 
2 Cluster Area Requirements (CAR) subjects (including 1 designated as China-related)+, 3 credits each6
1 Free Elective subject3
Up to 3 Language and Communication Requirements (LCR)
subjects (2 in English & 1 in Chinese), 3 credits each

(for students who have not met the equivalent standard of
undergraduate degree LCR based on their prior sub-degree
studies only) 
0 – 9
Discipline Specific Requirements (DSR)
(Please refer to the table below for details)
51 – 60
FoundationUp to 3 subjects, 3 credits each
(for students from unrelated disciplines only)
0 - 9 
7 subjects, 3 credits each21 
8 subjects, 3 credits each24 
Elective2 subjects, 3 credits each
Work-Integrated Education (WIE)
300 hours of work-based learning experience

(Relevant work experience accumulated during or after sub-degree studies may be considered for fulfilment of WIE. Students will be invited to submit application for consideration after programme commencement.)
Total60 – 78 

Within these subjects, students need to fulfil the English and Chinese reading and writing requirements.

Students’ fulfilment of LCR will be assessed based on their academic records of sub-degree studies. They will be advised if they are required to take LCR subjects on admission.

Discipline Specific Requirements (DSR)


Scheme Compulsory (all 7 subjects)

  • Applied Data Analytics CEF
  • Business Communication in Chinese
  • Effective Professional Communication in English
  • Integrated Study (Applied Sciences)
  • Management of Technology, Innovation and EntrepreneurshipCEF
  • Professional Ethics and Social Responsibilities CEF
  • Research Methodology in Applied Sciences CEF


Foundation (for students from unrelated disciplines only)

  • Introduction to Internet Technologies
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • Sociology for Health Studies


Award-Specific Compulsory (all 8 subjects)

  • Epidemiology
  • Essentials of Infection Control
  • Health Care Systems and Resources Management
  • Health Information Sciences
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations in Health Care
  • Nutrition and Diseases
  • Operations Management for Health Care
  • Practices in Health Promotion 


Elective# (any 2 subjects)

  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Electronic Commerce Strategy and Implementation
  • Assistive Technologies for Quality Health Services
  • Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • End of Life Issues
  • Nutrition and Life Cycle


Offering of any elective subjects is subject to sufficient enrolment.


This is a service-learning subject.

CEFThis course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. The mother course [Bachelor of Science in Applied Sciences (Health Studies)] of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 5).  


Entrance Requirements

Holder of a recognised Associate Degree, Higher Diploma or equivalent qualification in related disciplines.  Applicants from unrelated disciplines will also be considered and, if admitted, are required to take appropriate foundation subject(s).



  1. The main medium of instruction of the study programme concerned should be English.  Applicant who has completed the programme with other languages as the main medium of instruction should attain the following English Language requirement: IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550 (paper based); 80 (Internet based).
  2. An applicant who does not possess the above-mentioned qualification but has reached the age of 25 before 1 September, in the year in which he/she seeks admission, may apply as a mature applicant.  A mature applicant should possess relevant work experience in senior positions and is expected to have completed some post-secondary studies in related fields. He/she will also be required to pass an admission test and demonstrate to the Admission Interview Panel his/her ability to complete the programme.  In addition, he/she may be required to take appropriate foundation subject(s).

Professional Recognition

Students can join the Hong Kong College of Community Health Practitioners (HKCCHP) as student members, and, upon graduation, can advance to the Associate Fellowship (AFHKCCHP) status.

Students are also eligible to apply as Associate Members of the Hong Kong College of Health Service Executives (HKCHSE), as Student Members of Hong Kong Occupational Safety and Health Association (HKOSHA), and as Affiliated Members of Hong Kong Institute of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (HKIOEH).

Career Prospects

This programme equips students with the requisite skills and competencies which will enable them to work as research assistants at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The University of Hong Kong, marketing in health professional education, administration in public hospitals of the Hospital Authority, private hospitals and private medical groups and clinics, enrolled nurse training at public and private hospitals, Government ambulance, fire and immigration services, quality control and sales in pharmaceutical companies, sales in health device companies, insurance, NGO community projects, etc.

Students and Alumni Stories


Scheme Leader & Award Leader


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Assistant Award Leader

Dr Oscar CHIU

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Programme Officer


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Senior Administrative Assistant

Ms Cannes AU

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