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Health Services

Certificate Programme in Health Planning for Positive Ageing

Course No. : 243-264100-01|Start Date : 06/09/2024

Admission Requirements

1. Have a recognized bachelor's degree or equivalent; or
2. Have an associate degree or higher diploma qualification plus one-year related working experience.

Language Used

Cantonese (supplemented with English)

Total Hours

93 hours


Tsim Sha Tsui East Ocean Learning Centre

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According to the latest projections, Hong Kong's population will increase from 7.24 million to a peak of 8.22 million in mid-2043, and then decline to 7.81 million in mid-2064. The proportion of elderly people aged 65 and above is expected to rise to 33 per cent in 2064, while it was 15 per cent in 2014.

Facing the challenges imposed on society by an ageing population, the Government has taken various measures to encourage active ageing. Yet, there is no guiding policy for active ageing in Hong Kong. Other Asian economics such as Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore have promoted active ageing to optimize opportunities for health, participation and security of the elderly in order to enhance the quality of life as people age.

The programme aims to promote health and wellbeing, and develop an awareness of healthy and active ageing in Hong Kong society. Health is a means to successful ageing, but not an end in itself and thus many other factors such as 'mental psychological health' and 'social well-being' are also linked to successful ageing. Concerning biological, mental psychological, nutritional and social factors contributing to healthy ageing, the holistic approach of the programme should enable participants to deliver suitable health planning and promotion programmes in the community for specific target groups.

Expected Programme Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the programme, students should be able to
i) explain the biological, psychological, nutritional and social factors influencing ageing independence;
ii) advise individuals on effective strategies for maintaining physical and mental health, and social well-being;
iii) devise and deliver health plans and health promotion programmes in specific settings in an ethically responsible and professional manner.

Duration:The whole programme will normally last for 12 months (including lectures and practicum)

Programme Structure

The programme consists of 5 courses including face-to-face lectures and practicum.

No.Course NameContentContact Hours
1Improving & Managing Physical WellbeingThis course will cover:

  • Successful ageing

  • Biological and physical changes during ageing

  • Common elderly disease

  • Physical exercise

  • Exercise in action

  • Frailty

2Positive Mental Health & WellbeingThis course will cover:

  • Psychological changes during ageing

  • Psychological well-being

  • Social perception of ageing and their effects on older adults

  • Common elderly psychological and mental health issues

  • Cognitive training

  • Cognitive health in action

  • Mental and social well being

3Nutrition in Healthy AgeingThis course will cover:

  • Nutrition in successful ageing

  • Nutrition in Action

  • Role of Traditional Chinese Medicine in health promotion

4Health Promotion in ActionThis course will cover:

  • Concepts of social relationships and community

  • Social aspects affecting elderly health

  • Health promotion in different settings in Hong Kong (e.g. School, Community, Hospital, etc)

  • Use of technology in health promotion and health maintenance

  • How to arrange community programmes for health promotion

  • How to apply funds to support for healthy lifestyle programmes

  • Elderly care services in the community

5Practicum (4 full days)In this course, students are assigned to CADENZA to take part in health promotion programmes related to successful ageing. They will put what they have learnt in other courses of the programme into practice. Students will spend 4 full days in the practicum venue, doing observation first, then delivering interventions and programmes to promote health.28
Total 93

Target Participants

Elderly services providers, programme staff of elderly community centres, junior social workers and people working in the human resources sector would find the programme most beneficial to their work.
Helping professionals such as counsellors, life coaches, personal care workers, and individuals who are interested in health planning and promoting health in their own specific settings would also find the programme useful.

Award / Graduation Requirements

To qualify for the award of the 'Certificate Programme in Health Planning for Positive Ageing', students are required to:
1. have an attendance rate of 70% or above in each course
2. have passed the assessments of each course

Joint organizer

Jockey Club CADENZA Hub ('JCCH') is one of the innovative community projects funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust under 'CADENZA:A Jockey Club initiative for Seniors' aiming at improving the quality of care and quality of life for older persons in Hong Kong. JCCH is a one-stop integrated health and social care centre headed by Professor Jean Woo from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a team of multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals. In the past six years, JCCH has organized various primary health services and programmes, e.g. health workshops and talks, exercise class, and health path projects to the community. Near 20,000 attendances have been reached.

CADENZA Hub will play an important role in supervising the students in Practicum.

Application Procedures

Please complete the enrollment form and send your application with the following:
1) Copies of proof of academic qualification and supporting documents, if specified; and
2) Application fee of HK$150 and tuition fee of HK$12,000 (Please use separate cheques / bank drafts for the application fee and tuition fee, payable to 'The Chinese University of Hong Kong'. Payment by ESP or credit card is accepted.)

Application can be made in person at our learning centres or by mail to the following address (please mark ' Enrollment Form 264100 ' on the envelope):

Certificate Programme in Health Planning for Positive Ageing
Health Studies
School of Continuing and Professional Studies
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Unit A, 1/F, Bank of America Tower,
12 Harcourt Road, Central.

Successful applicants will be contacted on class arrangements before commencement of the programme.

** CUSCS reserves the right to cancel a course if enrollment is insufficient and make alternations regarding instructors, class schedule, class locations and the course content if necessary. Fees paid are neither refundable nor transferable unless the enrolled course is full or cancelled.


Lectures will be held on every Friday.
*Practicum:28-hour practical sessions (to be arranged during office hours on weekdays) .

** Continuing Nursing Education points (CNE points) will be offered **

Continuing Education Fund (CEF)

This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 4).

CEF Course Code: 41C121189
CEF Course Name: Certificate in Health Planning for Positive Ageing