Programme Introduction

The BASc(GHD) help students develop the foundational multidisciplinary and international perspectives, the core blocks of knowledge and the people and systems oriented competencies needed to succeed in modern health and development related fields.

The curriculum combines:

  • Basic to intermediate level courses across multiple Faculties (Architecture, Business and Economics, Law, Medicine, Science, Social Sciences)
  • Advanced seminars and case studies
  • Placements in overseas/local organisations
  • Mentoring on career choices and leadership
  • BASc courses on leadership and big data analytics
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What You’ll Study

Interdisciplinary Major

This interdisciplinary major is hosted by the LKS Faculty of Medicine in collaboration with Faculties of Architecture; Business and Economics; Law; Science; and Social Sciences.

Four anchoring courses, one in each year of study, adopt a case-based problem-solving approach to assist students to navigate the interconnectedness among the various academic disciplines. 

Three BASc Core Courses will be offered in Year 1 and 2 to cultivate an interdisciplinary mindset in students, to nurture their leadership and advocacy talents, and to hone their skills in cutting-edge big data sciences.

Minor Options & Electives

Students can plan their study with the remaining credits in various manners, such as taking a minor, and/or electives offered within the BASc(GHD) curriculum or those offered in other curricula across Faculties.

Within BASc(GHD) curriculum, the minor options offered include Global Health and Global Development in Asia.

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Exciting Opportunities

A distinctive feature of the programme is the 6-month field placement.

Students will gain exposure to real life challenges and have the opportunity to receive mentoring from leading global health and development organisations such as UN agencies, Non-governmental Organisations (NGOs), Contract Research Organizations (CROs), Philanthropic Foundations and more.

In addition to offering expert guidance and professional training workshops, HKU provides a limited number of scholarships to support students during their placements.

We currently have opportunities for students to undertake placements in a range of organisations and locations depending on their interests and long term career goals.

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Career Prospects

The interdisciplinary nature of this programme combined with the skills and experience gained from the unique capstone experience will provide students of BASc(GHD) with the foundations to launch a career in a broad range of sectors including global health, environmental health, development and economics, industry, academia, government, and Non-Governmental Organisations.

The knowledge and experience gained through the BASc(GHD) will prepare students for technical, strategic and leadership roles such as policy analysts, programme officers, associate consultants, and country researchers in a range of local and international organisations.

If you’re considering this programme, please review our programme-specific application standards and deadlines to give yourself the best possible chance of securing a place.  


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