PolyU SPEED BA (Hons) in Business (Health Services Management) - Full-time

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Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business (Health Services Management) - Full-time/AACSB Accredited

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business (Health Services Management) - Full-time/AACSB Accredited

Programme Code

84039-HS (Full-time)

Medium of Instruction

English (except for subjects with Chinese requirements)

Scheme Leader

Dr Simon YUEN


Award Leader



Commencement Date

04 Sep 2023

Normal Duration

2 years

Tuition Fee (Local students)

HK$2,690/ credit
(subject to review for 2023/24 academic year)

Tuition Fee (Non-local students)

The fee is 10% higher than the local student fee

Academic Division

Division of Business and Hospitality Management

Student and Alumni Stories

Programme Features

  • Knowledge about operations and management of health care
  • A multi-disciplinary education for addressing health services management issues in both public and private health care
  • Internship opportunities  at health facilities, including hospitals, in order to prepare for a career in the health care sector
  • Graduates can take up positions as Executive Assistants in the Hospital Authority and other health organisations
  • Scholarship (HK$82,500 per awardee each year) and internship opportunities offered by the Hong Kong Integrated Oncology Centre
  • Articulation to local and overseas universities such as The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and City University of Hong Kong


Professional Recognition

Students and graduates are eligible to apply for Associate Membership of the Hong Kong College of Health Service Executives (HKCHSE) and Hong Kong College of Community Health Practitioners (HKCCHP).

Future Prospects

Career Prospects

  • Internship opportunities (including paid placement) at public hospitals under the HA# to enrich practical experience and vocational knowledge in areas such as quality and patient safety management, health informatics, and facility and project management in order to prepare you for a career in the health care sector

Further Study Opportunities

  • Articulation to local and overseas universities such as The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and City University of Hong Kong

# Subject to the availability of places at individual HA hospitals


Programme Structure

Students are required to complete the following requirements with satisfactory results for an honours degree:


RequirementsMinimum Credits
General University Requirements (GUR)Note 19
Cluster Area Requirements (CAR)2 subjects, 3 credits each6
Service-Learning (SL) OR Free Elective1 subject, 3 credits3
Essential Components of General Education (non-credit bearing)-N/A

Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR)Note 2

(Please refer to the table below for details)

8 subjects, 3 credits each24
3 subjects, 3 credits each9
Elective6 subjects, 3 credits each
(at least 3 from the elective pool of students’ own subject area; others can be from subjects of any areas)

Work-Integrated Education (WIE)Note 3

300 hours of work-based learning experience



Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR)


Foundation (up to 4 subjects for students from non-business-related and/ or non-health-related disciplines only)Note 2

  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Management
  • Medicine for Managers


Scheme Compulsory (all 8 subjects)

  • Business Communication in Chinese 
  • Business Finance  CEF
  • Business Policy and Strategy
  • Corporate Social Responsibility, Ethics and Governance 
  • Effective Professional Communication in English
  • Marketing Management  CEF
  • Applied Business Research
  • Integrated Study (Business)


Award-Specific Compulsory (all 3 subjects)

  • Health Economics and Healthcare Financing  
  • Health Informatics and Healthcare 4.0
  • Operations Management for Health Care


Elective# - Health Services Management (any 3 subjects)

  • Ethics and Legal Considerations in Health Care
  • Healthcare Facility Management & Business Support Services
  • Leadership and Strategic Management in Healthcare  
  • Public Health and Epidemiology
  • Quality and Safety Management in Healthcare


Elective# - Other Subject Areas (any 3 subjects)
(Students can choose the Award-specific Compulsory and Elective of the other subject areas under the Scheme as elective subjects)

∆ This subject is applicable to BA (Hons) in Business (Health Services Management) only. Students from health-related disciplines are not required to take this foundation subject.

# Offering of any elective subjects is subject to sufficient enrolment.


CEFThis course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund. The mother course (Bachelor of Arts in Business/ Bachelor of Arts in Business (Finance)/ Bachelor of Arts in Business (Health Services Management)/ Bachelor of Arts in Business (Human Resource Management)/ Bachelor of Arts in Business (Innovation and Design Management)/ Bachelor of Arts in Business (International Business)/ Bachelor of Arts in Business (Operations and Supply Chain Management)) of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level 5).



  1. Students who have not met the equivalent standard of undergraduate degree Language and Communication Requirements (LCR) under GUR are required to take up to 9 additional credits in LCR (2 subjects in English & 1 subject in Chinese, 3 credits each). They will be advised if they are required to take LCR subjects on admission.
  2. Students from non-business-related disciplines (i.e. holders of Associate Degree or equivalent qualification not in Accounting/ Business) with good academic results may also be considered for admission to this programme. These students will be required to take up to 4 additional foundation subjects if they have not completed similar subjects before.
  3. Relevant work experience accumulated during or after sub-degree studies may be considered for fulfilment of WIE. Students will be invited to submit application for consideration after programme commencement.

Entrance Requirements

Holder of a recognised Associate Degree, Higher Diploma or equivalent qualification in business-related areas. Applicants with qualifications in non-business-related areas will also be considered and, if admitted, are required to take appropriate foundation subject(s).


Applicants without health-related knowledge will be required to take an additional health-related foundation subject.



  1. The main medium of instruction of the study programme concerned should be English.  Applicant who has completed the programme with other languages as the main medium of instruction should attain the following English Language requirement: IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550 (paper based); 80 (Internet based).
  2. An applicant who does not possess the above-mentioned qualification but has reached the age of 25 before 1 September, in the year in which he/she seeks admission, may apply as a mature applicant.  A mature applicant should possess relevant work experience in senior positions and is expected to have completed some post-secondary studies in business-related areas. He/she will also be required to pass an admission test and demonstrate to the Admission Interview Panel his/her ability to complete the programme.  In addition, he/she may be required to take appropriate foundation subject(s).