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Programme Aims and Features
The Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Global Health and Development [BASc(GHD)] programme, the first of its kind in Asia, provides students with the knowledge and competencies necessary to effectively engage with today’s rapidly evolving, international and interdisciplinary environment and to respond to complex global health and development challenges. This highly innovative interdisciplinary programme will focus on the impact of major global trends such as globalisation, population growth, ageing, urbanisation, and climate change, in which health and development are intertwined.
This programme is suitable for students who aspire to:
- learn in an interdisciplinary environment
- solve complex problems
- be global health and development changers
- be global citizens and leaders in the community
A distinctive feature of the programme is a compulsory capstone, during which students will be placed into an international health and development agency, supranational, multinational, consultancy group, or non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for a 6-month field placement. Through the international placement, students will gain first-hand experience in addressing health and development issues faced by other cultures, countries, or populations. By straddling the summer in between years 3 and 4 and extending through the first semester of year 4 (from June to December), the field placement will offer students an opportunity to synthesise and apply the knowledge acquired from coursework.
Graduates will be competitive candidates in a wide range of global health and development related organisations; be informed citizens of the world; and be prepared to work on complex problems with colleagues from multiple disciplines in multicultural contexts in both private and public organizations.
Graduates will be competitive candidates in a wide range of global health and development related organisations such as the ministries of health and/or development; governmental, transnational and supranational agencies; think-tanks; civil society and non-profit organizations; multinational corporations; management consultancies. Upon completion of the programme, graduates will be more informed citizens of the world; prepared to work with colleagues from multiple disciplines in multicultural contexts in both public and private organizations; and able to critically appraise the quality of the evidence that accompanies health/development policy and international service delivery issues. Exceptional students will be prepared to advance to postgraduate studies in global health or international development.
Contacts for Further Information
Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine