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Postgraduate Diploma in Women's Health Studies

Programme Director:
Prof. Carmen Wong

 Deputy Programme Director: Prof. Katrina Tsang

Aim and Features
Programme Structure
Course Description
Teaching Format
Teaching Faculty
Duration/ Modes of Study/ Tuition Fees
Course and Unit Exemption
Graduate Requirements
How to Apply
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The Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) in Women's Health Studies is organised by the Centre of Research and Promotion of Women's Health (CRPWH) in the Division of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care (DFMPHC), School of Public Health and Primary Care (SPHPC), the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The multidisciplinary CRPWH was established in 2001, comprising key members from SPHPC and other departments in the Faculty of Medicine. The CRPWH aims to improve women's health throughout their lives by conducting research of local relevance, and offers a wide range of health education activities, evidence-based health assessments, nutritional counselling services and special discussion groups on specific health issues for women so as to provide them with a better understanding of their own health, and enable them to adopt preventive measures and early treatments.


Our programmes are designed to equip health professionals with an in-depth understanding of women's health. The aim is to provide a solid foundation encompassing sound knowledge and skills essential for those aiming for more advanced roles in women's healthcare. It is unique in its focus of women's health in Hong Kong and Asia and incorporates current key issues and evidence based medicine.


Applicants should be graduates from medical, nursing, or other health-related disciplines who wish to strengthen their knowledge and practice in areas of women's health.


Aims and Features

Our programme provides a comprehensive theoretical background and knowledge base for those involve in women's health care practice. The course will examine a wide variety of women's health issues and common health problems using a multidisciplinary perspective.

At the end of the course, participants should be in a stronger position to undertake research and practice women's health, and gain:

  • an in-depth understanding of common problems and important issues affecting women's health; encompassing gender, family and cultural aspects;
  • relevant knowledge and practical skills in clinical practice of women's health, from contraception counselling to taking a cervical smear;
  • essential skills in appraising and critically reviewing the existing scientific evidence on specific women's health issues; and
  • experience in conducting a project on women's health, from planning to reporting the findings.

This will enhance students to:

  • take up leading roles within women's health care practices and services in Hong Kong and Asia; and
  • evaluate strategies for promoting women's health.


Programme Structure

The PgD programme is offered as a one-year, part-time course. Participants will usually be required to attend one lecture (3 hours)  per week. Classes are normally conducted in the evenings, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm with some afternoon sessions from 2:30pm to 5:00pm, at the Prince of Wales Hospital.

To be eligible for the Postgraduate Diploma, students must complete 15 course units in one year.







Women's Health: Social Cultural Determinants and International Perspectives.



Common Health Conditions of Women



Reproductive Health Issues of Women



Common Mental Health Conditions of Women



Critical Appraisal



Selected Study Project



(select 1 option)



Clinical Skills in Women’s Health








 *Remarks: 2 units of elective(s) will be selected from other programmes for fulfillment of the graduation requirement. Elective courses can be selected from other programmes including epidemiology, behavioral and health improvement, public health nutrition, public health law, etc. depending on availability.

Course Description

WOHS5001 Women's Health: Social Cultural Determinants and International Perspectives (2 Units)

This course will cover the international and cultural overview of women's health, including issues such as health care, work, politics and sex workers.

WOHS5002 Common Health Conditions of Women (2 Units)

This course will cover common women's health issues with particular emphasis on the menopausal transition and from midlife onwards.

WOHS5003 Reproductive Health Issues of Women (2Units)

This course will cover issues and common health problems of women of reproductive age.

WOHS5004 Common Mental Health Conditions of Women (2 Units)

This course will enable students to gain in depth understanding of the mental health issues of women from self esteem and mental disorders.

WOHS5005 Critical Appraisal (2 Units)

This course will describe epidemiological study design, hierarchy of evidence in health care decision making and the principles and techniques in the critique of published medical literature.

WOHS5006 Selected Study Project (3 Units)

Under the guidance of supervisors, students should be able to apply the knowledge gained in the course to conduct an in-depth investigation into a women's health issue. The project should be conducted with background literature review, collection of updated information on the relevant topic, analysis, and synthesis of the collected information.

WOHS5007 Clinical Skills in Women's Health (2 Units)

This course will enable students to have knowledge and practical skills in tackling women's health problems from counseling for oral contraceptive pills to taking a cervical smear.

Note: Courses offered are subject to change, depending on availability.


Teaching Format

Formal lectures will be conducted in English; tutorials may be in Cantonese when appropriate. The teaching format will include lectures, tutorials, computing sessions, discussions, presentations, and projects.

Teaching Faculty

Students will be taught by key members of the Centre of Research and Promotion of Women's Health and professors of School of Public Health and Primary Care, together with teaching staff from other faculties of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Leading experts from the local Hospital Authority, Department of Health, and non-governmental organisations, as well as from overseas institutions, will also be invited to teach in the programme.

Duration/ Modes of Study/ Tuition Fees




Mode of Study

Tuition Fee

Postgraduate Diploma in Women’s Health Studies

1 year



Note: There will be an application fee of HK$180. All paid fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.


The Centre of Research and Promotion of Women's Health has been accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) by the Nursing Council of Hong Kong.

The PgD in Women's Health Studies is recognised as quotable qualifications by the Hong Kong Medical Council. CME credits for non-specialists or members of the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP) can be obtained as well. Accreditation for CME points have been approved by the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine.



Course and Unit Exemptions

Graduates of other postgraduate programmes in SPHPC may apply for unit exemptions.

Graduate Requirements

All participants must attend at least 75% of the lectures, seminars, tutorials, and practical sessions. Participants need to complete the necessary course requirements with a GPA 2.0 or above, and pass a test on IT proficiency. Details on the Student IT Competence Programme can be found on the website:


How to Apply

Admission Requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements of the Graduate School. Applicants shall have:

  • Graduated from a recognised university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower then Second Class; or
  • Graduated from an honours programme of a recongnised university with a Bachelor's degree, achieving an average of grade of B or above in undergraduate courses; or
  • Completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained a professional qualification or similar, equivalent to an honours degree.

All applicants must also fulfil the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for admission. Applicants should have satifactory scores in TOEFL if they are non-local graduates of universities from non-English-speaking countries.

Admission Procedures

Requests for application materials can be made:

By completing the online request form on the Graduate School website (; or

  • In person from the Graduate School Office, 4/F, Academic Building No.1, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong.
  • Completed application forms must be returned to the Programme Administrator by May 31, 2012.

Applicants are encouraged to use online application procedures to save time and postage. Please visit the Graduate School website at

Application Deadline

May 31, 2012

Administrative Staff

Programme Administrator

Telephone No.

Fax No.

E-mail Address

Ms. Joey Ho

2252 8430

2145 7489