Bachelor of Arts andSciences in Global Healthand Development(BASc[GHD])
Programme Aims and Themes
To 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 BASc(GHD) 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
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. These courses include:
• Foundations in global health and development• History of globalisation• Global governance and policy setting in global health and development• Leadership and advocacy in global health and development
BASc Core Courses
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. These courses include:
• Leadership beyond Borders• Foundations in Human Knowledge• Basic Programming and Computer Software Skills
Overseas Field Placement/Capstone
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• Bloomberg Philanthropies
Foundational Learning Blocks
Arts and Sciences• Economics and finance• History of globalisation• Interpretation of statistics• Research methods
Global and National Issues• Innovation and technology• International law• Social and cultural priorities• Major global trends
Global Development• Economics of development• International relations• Politics and international trade• Population growth and development
Global Health• Burden of disease• Health and healthcare systems• Planetary health• Risk prevention and risk reduction
Advanced Learning Blocks
Global Governance and Multinational Institutions• Politics, policy-making and governance• Roles and jurisdictions of multinational and international organisations
In-depth Study – Interactive SeminarsTopics such as:- Universal health coverage- Pandemics and emergencies- Food systems- Healthy cities- Sustainable development
Minor Options And 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:
Minor in Global Health
• Environmental change and socio-political conflicts• Theories and global trends in urban development• The role of innovation and technology in shaping directions of health and development
Minor in Global Development in Asia
• Economic development• Introduction to international relations• Global political economy• The role and impact of private sector in health and development
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, and Master of International Development.
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