Research Projects
Public Health Effects of Air Pollution on Mortality and Admissions to Hospitals

Programme(s) to which this project applies:

☒ MPhil/PhD ☑ MRes[Med] ☒ URIS
About the Project

Objective and Significance:

Routine population and health data are generated in birth/death registries and in the health services. They provide useful information for public health surveillance and for determination of health hazards in the environment. The objects are to:

  1. assess the day-to-day and geographic variations of health outcomes;
  2. identify the observed occurrences of the health outcomes which are higher than expected, and relate them with environmental factors;
  3. establish a public surveillance system suing routinely available population and health service data; and
  4. disseminate public heath data and results for public health practitioners and policy makers.


Mortality and hospital admission data, including the addresses of the subjects, dates and causes of death and admission, for period 1995-97 in whole Hong Kong are available. The health outcomes were related to air pollution and socioeconomic/demographic variables from previous studies by the School of Public Health.

Further research works are needed in order to establish a public heath surveillance system. Routine health data have to be identified, interpreted and disseminated timely in a systematic way.

About the Supervisor

Dr LW Tian, School of Public Health


Next Step?

For more information or to express interest for this project, please email the supervisor or the specified contact point in the project description.  Interested candidates are advised to enclose with your email:

  1. your CV,
  2. a brief description of your research interest and experience, and
  3. two reference letters (not required for HKUMed UG students seeking MRes[Med]/URIS projects).

Information on the research programme, funding support and admission documentations could be referenced online at the Research Postgraduate Admissions website. General admission enquiries should be directed to

HKUMed MBBS students interested in the Master of Research in Medicine (MRes[Med]) programme may visit the programme website for more information.  

HKUMed UG students interested in the Undergraduate Research Internship Scheme (URIS) may visit the scheme’s website for more information.