Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Global Health and Development | BASc(GHD)

Challenges such as chronic and infectious diseases; the development of better and more accessible health systems; the reduction of poverty and inequities; the consequences of societal and conflict related displacement; and the existential planetary threats of climate change are at the heart modern health and development.

Such complex and rapidly evolving challenges will require approaches that consider the health of people and the development of communities and countries together and ideas that combine and cross disciplines.

The GHD was created to better prepare the next generation of leaders who will work on (and solve) such deeply important challenges.

Programme Features

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 organisations
  • Mentoring on career choices and leadership
  • BASc courses on leadership and big data analytics
Programme Structure
Interdisciplinary Major

This 96-credit 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.

A distinctive feature of the programme is a compulsory capstone, during which students will be placed for a 6-month overseas experience arranged by HKU. Students will gain exposure to real life global health and development challenges. They will have the opportunity to gain practical experience and receive mentoring from organisations at the forefront of Global Health and Development, which will help pave the path to their career. Students will be placed in organisations such as UNICEF, UN Foundation, UN Development Programme and Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Minor Options & Electives

Students can plan their study with the remaining 90 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.

Career Prospects & Articulation

Students will have the educational foundation, interdisciplinary skills and practical experience needed to launch a broad range of careers in sectors such as global health, development and economics, industry, academia, government and non-governmental organisations. The competencies, perspectives, knowledge and skills will enable students to take on technical, academic, strategic and leadership related roles.

Graduates can pursue postgraduate studies in disciplines complementary to global health and development locally or at our overseas partner institutions, such as:

  • Master of Public Health at HKU or UC Berkeley
  • Master of Development Practice
  • Master of International Development
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