Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) / Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Innovation in Health and Social Well-Being (JS2940)

Technological innovation transforms the global landscape of health and wellness, driving societal changes and creating opportunities for our future . This new programme serves to meet the Government’s top priority for Innovation & Technology Development. The programme will play a pivotal role in promoting social and technological innovations to advance health and social well-being.

The programme is open to students from all academic backgrounds. Students who are enthusiastic in Innovative Social and Technology Solutions to promote future healthiness are encouraged to apply.

The programme consists of two concentrations – (i) Health and Social Wellness and (ii) Health Technology and Informatics.

Curriculum Framework

Teaching will be informed by cutting-edge research, particularly in the Interdisciplinary Research areas, Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, and System Health. Multiple pedagogies will be adopted, such as research-led learning, problem-based, and solution-driven learning, service-learning, and guided study led by academic advisors.

Students in the Health and Social Wellness Concentration may choose courses in social identity & health cultures, health planning and communication, smart cities for healthy living, and innovative solutions for social enhancement. Those students in the Health Technology and Informatics Concentration may take courses in the health management system, biotechnology, smart living technology, and healthcare intelligence.

Programme Structure

Units
University Requirements
University Core 13
General Education 12
Free Electives 18
Programme Requirements
Common Required Courses (including Honours Project) 54
Concentration Required and Elective Courses (by Concentrations) 31
Total 128
Transdisciplinary Common Core (TCC) 9 Units
Global Challenges I 3
Global Challenges II 6
Programme-Specific Knowledge/ Skills (KS) 24 Units
You and Your Health/Human Anatomy & Physiology 3
World of Business and Entrepreneurship 3
Computing for Creatives 3
User Experience Design in Health and Well-being 3
Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Geography/Social Statistics 3
Ethics, Governance, and Public Policy 3
Human Behaviour and Diversity 3
Health & Society 3
Programme-Specific Experiential Learning (Exp) 21 Units
AI and Data Analytics for Health and Social Innovation I 3
AI and Data Analytics for Health and Social Innovation II 3
Summer Internship 3
Honours Project I & II 12
Total 54 Units
Starting from Year 3, students commence to study their selected concentration from the two options – (1) Health Technology and Informatics Concentration (HTI), (2) Health and Social Wellness Concentration (HSW), totalling 31 units.

Health Technology and Informatics Concentration (HTI)

Core Courses 25 Units
Health and Assistive Technology: Practicum 3
Health Informatics: Technology and Practices 3
Animal Physiology 3
Database Management 3
Fundamentals of Data Analysis and Management 3
Exploratory Data Analysis and Visualization 3
Principles and Practices of Computer Networks and Security 3
Data-Driven Web Development 4
Concentration Elective Courses 6 Units
Take any 2 of the following 3-unit courses:
  • Environmental Health and Toxicology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Entrepreneurship and New Venture
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovative Thinking
  • Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Fundamentals of Social Entrepreneurship and Social Impact
  • Introduction to AI and Machine Learning
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery
  • Medical Image Processing and Applications
  • Mobile Computing
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Blockchain Technology and Applications
  • Geography of Health and the Environment
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Health Fitness Evaluation and Assessment
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Principles and Practice of Exercise and Weight Management
  • Marketing in Sport and Leisure Services
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Communication and Information Campaigns
  • Creativity, Wellbeing and Art Therapy
Total 31 Units

Health and Social Wellness Concentration (HSW)

Core Courses 25 Units
Developing Interdisciplinary Field Studies for Environmental or Social Issues 3
Leisure and Well-Being: Coping with Stress / Sports Performance and Health: The Marvel of Science, Technology, and Psychology 3
Fundamentals of Social Entrepreneurship and Social Impact 3
Geography of Health and the Environment 3
Exercise Physiology / Nutrition and Health 3
Health Promotion / Health Communication and Information Campaigns 3
Quantitative Methods of Social Research 3
Invitation to Social Sciences 1
Programme Development and Evaluation 3
Concentration Elective Courses 6 Units
Take any 2 of the following 3-unit courses:
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovative Thinking
  • Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainable China: Environment and Development Issues
  • Global Environmental Issues and Sustainability
  • Environmental Health and Policy
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Geography of Environmental Hazards
  • History of Chinese Food Culture in Global Perspective
  • Topic Studies in Asian History: History of Asian Medicine
  • Science and Society: A Historical Perspective
  • Health Fitness Evaluation and Assessment
  • Principles and Practice of Exercise and Weight Management
  • Marketing in Sport and Leisure Services
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Positive Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Qualitative Methods of Social Research
  • Global Social Transformations
  • Law and Society
  • Creativity, Wellbeing and Art Therapy
Total 31 Units

Career Prospects

The Programme offers graduates a world of choice. Some can join NGOs, social enterprises, health and well-being related government departments, related departments of Hospital Authorities and even Health related private companies (such as health management agency, insurance company as graduates would be competent to take up challenges so as to make a world of better future.

Graduate Profile
● Positive and self-motivated
● Technologically competent
● Good team player
● Entrepreneurial and adventurous

Career paths and options open to graduates are numerous as given in the examples below:

Health Technology and Informatics Concentration – health informatics specialist, data-based medical diagnostician , social science data analyst, social impact research analyst, health data analyst, food safety technologist , machine learning developer and integrated energy systems strategist.

Health and Social Wellness Concentration – corporate health and wellness team, the publishing industry, health and wellness coach/consultant, and specialist in the fields of health and nutrition, sports, family health , art, and mindfulness.

Graduates of the Programme would be familiar with technology and innovative solutions for health issues. They may work in the Health Department of the SAR government and specialise in policy design and applications of new technologies. For example, concerning the current pandemic, they should know what kind of tracking Apps will be needed from the health risk point of view. They should also have the knowledge on the privacy concern of the general public and thus the acceptance of the types of tracking Apps.

Admission

The programme will follow the general admission requirements. The intake quota will be 30.

For details, please visit Undergraduate Admissions website.

FAQ

JUPAS applicants (for local students only)
JUPAS applicants can apply via the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS). The JUPAS code of this programme is JS2940. For more information, please click here.

Non-JUPAS applicants (for local and international students)
Non-JUPAS applicants please apply direct to the University via the Direct (Non-JUPAS) Admissions Scheme. Please visit the webpage of Academic Registry about the Non-JUAPS Admission Scheme for details.

  • Immersive experiential learning elements to spark your imagination and creativity
    • Workshops
    • Internship
    • Honours Project
  • You can choose one of the following concentrations for your further studies/career
    • Health Technology and Informatics (HTI)
    • Health and Social Wellness (HSW)

It depends on which concentration you choose.

For Health Technology and Informatics graduates, you will be awarded Bachelor of Sciences (Hons.) degree in Innovation in Health and Social Well-being.

For Health and Social Wellness graduates, you will be awarded Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons.) degree in Innovation in Health and Social Well-being.

Career paths and options open to graduates are numerous as given in the examples below:

  • Health and Social Wellness Concentration - corporate health and wellness team, publishing industry, health coach/consultant, and wellness coach/consultant and specialists in the fields of health and nutrition, sports, etc.
  • Health Technology and Informatics Concentration - health informatics specialist, data-based medical diagnostician, social science data analyst, social impact research analyst, health data analyst, food safety technologist, and integrated energy systems strategist.
Graduates of the Programme would be familiar with technology and innovative solutions for health issues. They may work in the health-related authorities of the Hong Kong SAR Government and specialise in policy design and applications of new technologies. For example, concerning the current pandemic, they should know what kind of tracking Apps will be needed from the health risk point of view. They should also have the knowledge on the privacy concern of the public and thus the acceptance of the types of tracking Apps.

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