Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Hong Kong is where East meets West. Like many Western countries and the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong is seeing a rise in the prevalence of chronic diseases among the old and increasingly among the young. And like the West, Japan and the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong faces health, social and economic challenges — and opportunities — arising from an ageing population. Yet, being located in a cosmopolitan city with a predominantly Chinese populace has proven inspirational to us, the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences (FHSS) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU), since we can extrapolate the best from East and West to our advantage. The results are innovative education, research and practices that fit the local context and provide invaluable insights and applicability for the Chinese mainland and elsewhere.

Our Faculty comprises the Department of Applied Social Sciences (APSS), the Department of Health Technology and Informatics (HTI), the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences (RS), the School of Nursing (SN), and the School of Optometry (SO). Our faculty members are extremely active in international, national and local consortiums and professional organizations and include those who are or have been presidents of international bodies.

Our excellent reputation attracts collaborations from notable organizations. Since 2007, the World Health Organization has designated SN as the host of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Community Health Services for the Western Pacific Region. In early 2015, FHSS signed a statement of cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction to conduct and promote science and technology research for disaster risk reduction. And for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the Chinese mainland state sports authorities appointed FHSS, SO and RS to be their official partners for the provision of services in sports conditioning, sports health, technology, sports vision and sports physiotherapy.

The enquiring minds and innovative spirit of our faculty members are also evident from the high quality of their research output. Their research papers are published in respected journals while their inventions regularly garner international, regional and local awards. Apart from attracting accolades, our interdisciplinary models of care delivery and empowerment have also been adopted by governmental agencies and community-based organizations. PolyU’s Institute of Active Ageing (IAA), which is hosted by FHSS, has also been lauded for its educational, research and service efforts to make Hong Kong age-friendly as well as stimulate positive change in all facets of everyday life, policies and the environment that affect older adults and the elderly.

For more details about the major research areas of the Faculty, please visit FHSS’s website or contact Miss Amelia Or at amelia.or@polyu.edu.hk.