This is a two-year full-time credit-based articulated honours programme leading to the award of a Bachelor of Science in Gerontology degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
This programme, funded by the University Grants Committee, has been designed in response to the expanding aging population and the associated manpower shortage in elderly health and social care services in Hong Kong. The programme provides students who possess an Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in health sciences, social sciences, psychology and counseling, human and life sciences, Chinese medicine, or a similar field with a strong foundation in gerontology. Students are equipped with a full scope of knowledge and skills in the planning, delivery and coordination of elderly care services in a wide variety of elderly health and social care settings.
- Strong theoretical and practical components of gerontology covering the health and social care needs of older people, elderly service planning, innovative care delivery models, human service delivery and administration, and aging related health and social policies.
- Multi-disciplinary academic and professional teaching team with expertise in nursing, social work, human psychology, human sociology, clinical geriatrics and gerontology, human service management and administration.
- A gerontological practicum in community care, rehabilitative care and residential care to enable students to transform theoretical knowledge into practice.
Applicants are eligible to apply for admission if they:
- have successfully completed a local course of study leading to an associate degree or a higher diploma; and
- have attained an acceptable level of proficiency in the English and Chinese.
Career Prospects and Further Study
Graduates of the programme can pursue a career in elderly care services, or seek employment in a wide range of social and health care settings, such as geriatric outreach teams, elderly community centres, day care centres, rehabilitation units and residential care homes. Graduates can start their career as multi-skilled practitioners in gerontological care and take up key roles in coordinating inter-disciplinary care within and across health and social care settings; planning and implementing such evidence-based care models as care management, empowerment programme, telecare and transitional care; and participating in service administration, evaluation and reengineering. They can also advance to high management levels after accumulating adequate working experience in care for the aged.
Graduates with good academic results can also pursue postgraduate studies in a variety of disciplines, such as gerontology, public health, health service management, health administration, nursing, and health education.