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Bachelor of Health Education (Honours) (Two-year Full-time)
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A2B016 (Two-year Full-time) Tai Po Campus / Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / North Point Study Centre / satellite study center at urban locations as decided by the University Dr Or Pui Lai, Peggy                                                                                                                                                                               


The increasing occurrence of chronic and complex diseases is placing increasing demands on hospitals, and causing healthcare costs to escalate. To address this problem, most Western countries have adopted primary healthcare systems. Based on their experience, primary healthcare decreases the overall healthcare cost to society by building a healthier population, decentralizing healthcare resources and empowering individuals to manage and improve their own health.

A primary healthcare system is the most economically feasible and efficient approach to providing healthcare to a population with increasingly complex and chronic diseases. The keystone to such a system is education, both to individuals and to the community. Those professionals in our community poised to deliver this education precisely where it is needed are school teachers, social workers and nurses. Thus, training teachers, school social workers, nurses and promising health educators to provide health education is critical to establishing and developing an effective health care system in Hong Kong.

Programme Aims

This is a degree completion programme which builds on the foundations of prior learning students have acquired in their Associate Degree / Higher Diploma in health/health-related studies. The programme aims to prepare nurses as train-the-trainer and knowledge skills to conduct health education to patient / clients in hospital and community settings. The programme also aims to prepare school teachers and school social workers to work closely with students in the provision of basic health education and behaviours to resist various attractions or health compromising behaviours. The programme promises to prepare health educators for effective health education in various settings.

On completion of the programme, graduates should be able to:

  1. integrate knowledge, theory and practice in providing health education in various train-the-trainer programmes in school and healthcare settings for a variety of clients including school children, teenagers, adults and patients in the community;
  2. implement evidence-based health education practice;
  3. diagnose health education problems, plan health education strategies, implement health education plans with patients; motivate patients to comply with health education, and evaluate outcomes;
  4. evaluate contemporary health issues in healthcare; and
  5. perceive and adapt to changes in the healthcare field in the global society; and in clients across the life course. Graduates should be able to think in innovative, creative ways to optimize health in civil society.

Programme Structure

This top-up degree programme consisting of 60* credit points (cps). The programme is structured around 4 domains as follow:

Domain Credit Points (cps)
Major Core 21
Interdisciplinary Course 3
Cross-Faculty Core Course 3
Health Education Practice 6
Final Year Project Research Methods 3
Honours Project / Capstone Project 3
Electives 15
General Education Experiential Learning 3
University ePortfolio 3
Total credit points 60

* Prospective and commencing students with Associate Degrees in health or health related studies may be required to take three preparatory Additional Compulsory Courses (ACC), namely (i) HealthCare Ethics; (ii) Health Service in Hong Kong; and (iii) Human Biology, in order to assist them in meeting pre-requisites for the programme entry. Students who are required to take the ACC will have to complete a total of 69 cps in order to fulfill the graduation requirement of the programme (i.e. 60 cps for the programme and 9 cps for the ACC).


The Core courses help students acquire the fundamental knowledge in health education. The courses are:

  • Foundation of Health Education
  • Mental Health Education
  • Introduction to Primary Health
  • Health Statistics
  • Infection Control Education
  • Health Counselling
  • Mobile Apps Development for Health Education

Major Interdisciplinary Course

The Major Interdisciplinary Course “Therapeutic Use of Music in HealthCare” is designed to equip students with essential knowledge and skills for designing, organizing, and leading music activities with therapeutic purposes in various healthcare settings. It also enables students to grasp the inspiration in mindful music making and appreciation of music in different settings.

Cross-Faculty Core Course (CFCC)

The Cross-Faculty Core Course (CFCC) will comprise 3 individual components with 1 credit point each and separately assessed with the aim to widen students’ horizon and look beyond Hong Kong. In Component I, lectures with topics related to Basic Law / National Security will be arranged; in Component II, students will have the opportunities to undertake visits in Greater Bay Area; in Component III, a variety of themes which are linked to the University’s development niche areas will be offered by Faculties.

This course is to give students a chance to develop their knowledge and skills in their particular area of interest. Students will design and implement health education programmes in selected settings. They will work in groups under the supervision of supervisors. They will participate in seminars and present their health education programmes in oral and written formats.

The Final Year Project comprises of two 3-credit point courses:

  • Honours Project I / Capstone Project I: Introduction of research methods and proposal in Year 1 Semester 2 / Year 2 Semester 2.
  • Honours Project II / Capstone Project II: A one-year project to be conducted in the final year. Students can choose their topic from Health Education, and will complete an individual project under the supervision by an academic staff.

Students are required to take 15 credit points (cps) on elective courses. Students can choose a wide range of courses offered by the University to suit their career aspirations and interests. Students may also study a Minor (totaling 15 cps) from among the Minor choices available within the University.

The BHE programme offers the following electives:

  • Drug Education and Prevention
  • Fundamentals in Traditional Chinese Medicine
  • Health, Culture and Society
  • Integrative Nutrition
  • Sexual Health and Human Sexuality
  • Pain Education
  • Food Safety Education
  • Physical Fitness Education
  • Mindfulness
  • Health Emergency Education
  • Elderly Rehabilitation and Education
  • Theory and Therapeutic Play for Children’s Well Being
  • Movement and Therapeutic Play for Children’s Well Being
  • Therapeutic Play Skills for Children’s Well Being
  • Cross-cultural Experiential Learning in Health and Sports Science Education
  • Theory and Practice of Individual Physical Activities*
  • Fundamental Movement for Junior Primary School*
  • Foundations of Dance*
  • Theory and Practice of Lifelong Physical Activities*
  • Outdoor and Adventure Activities*

Depending on the learning interest and career aspirations of students as well as the cp distribution of individual programmes, students would be able to study free elective courses from a wide range of disciplines, normally outside their Majors.

Students who are interested in applying Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Primary) (Physical Education) [PGDE(P)(PE)] and Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) (Physical Education) [PGDE(S)(PE)] are required to study 5 PE Skill-based courses* during their studies in the BHE programme

Students can choose from a wide selection of General Education (GE) courses to enhance their whole person development:

  • Experiential Learning (EL) (3 cps)
  • University ePortfolio (3 cps)

Information Technology Competence Requirement

Changes in emerging technologies have placed at the forefront the development of knowledge, skills and attitudes that will equip students with the required level of Information Technology Competency to succeed in learning and teaching. In recognition of the impacts of technologies in education, students have to fulfill the requirement by completing “IT e-Portfolio” before graduation.

Duration and Mode of Study

The programme may be completed in two-year full-time. Classes of the programme will be scheduled between 8:30am and 9:20pm on Mondays to Saturdays with possible scheduling of combined classes for programmes / courses of different modes of study (including full-time and part-time).

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is English. Chinese will be used as the medium of instruction for course(s) as appropriate.

Academic Recognition and Career Prospects

Graduates of this Programme will be awarded a Bachelor of Health Education (Honours) degree, and will have a wide range of employment opportunities, and will be able to compete for high-level positions. They will be qualified to work as health promotion officers in elderly centers, community health educators, wellness coordinators in outpatient departments / clinics, and so on.

Graduates may also wish to pursue further studies in nursing, sports, public health, education, therapy, social work or other related disciplines offered by local universities. At EdUHK, they will have the opportunity to do postgraduate study through a variety of Master's programmes. The University also offers Doctor of Education programme and PhD programme for doctoral study in the relevant specialties.

Graduates who studied 5 PE skill-based courses during their studies in the BHE programme will be eligible to apply Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Primary) (Physical Education) [PGDE(P)(PE)] and Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary) (Physical Education) [PGDE(S)(PE)]

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants should:

  • have obtained a Higher Diploma or Associate Degree in health/health-related disciplines or equivalent; or
  • be registered teachers in kindergartens, primary, secondary or special schools; registered social workers; or registered nurse / enrolled nurse obtained a Higher Diploma; or
  • have obtained a Certificate in Education, Certificate of the Teachers of Children with Special Educational Needs or equivalent; and
  • be fluent in both written and spoken English.

Admission Enquiries

(852) 2948 6886

Programme Enquiries

(852) 2948 7679

Every effort has been made to ensure that information contained in this website is correct. Changes to any aspects of the programmes may be made from time to time due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control and the University reserves the right to make amendments to any information contained in this website without prior notice. The University accepts no liability for any loss or damage arising from any use or misuse of or reliance on any information contained in this website.

Any aspect of the course and course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the course and the manner in which the course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements, curriculum changes, and other factors caused by unforeseeable circumstances. Tuition fees, once paid, are non-refundable.

Students admitted into this programme are required to visit the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and/or other parts of Mainland China. Programme may also require students to participate in other non-local learning experience for completion of the programme. While the visits are heavily subsidised, students are still required to contribute part of the estimated cost of the visits ("student contribution"), whereas personal entertainment, meals expenses, travel document fee and personal insurance costs will not be supported. The estimated cost of the visits for students admitted to the 2024/25 cohort is not available yet as it is subject to a variety of factors such as changes to the cost of the visits as a result of inflation, trip duration, traveling expenses, the exchange rate, etc. The exact amount of student contribution is thus not available.

In the event of inconsistency between information in English and Chinese version or where an interpretation of the programme content is required, the decision of the University shall be final.

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