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
WHY STUDY HERE
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.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
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.
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
At the end of the
course, participants should be in a stronger
position to undertake research and practice
women's health, and gain:
understanding of common problems and important
issues affecting women's health; encompassing
gender, family and cultural aspects;
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
conducting a project on women's health, from
planning to reporting the findings.
This will enhance
take up leading
roles within women's health care practices and
services in Hong Kong and Asia; and
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.
Health Conditions of Women
Reproductive Health Issues
Mental Health Conditions of Women
Selected Study Project
(select 1 option)
Clinical Skills in Women’s
*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
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.
Health Conditions of Women (2 Units)
This course will
cover common women's health issues with particular
emphasis on the menopausal transition and from
Reproductive Health Issues of Women (2Units)
This course will
cover issues and common health problems of women of
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.
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.
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.
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
Courses offered are subject to change, depending on
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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;
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
Requests for application
materials can be made:
By completing the online
request form on the Graduate School website
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