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Higher Diploma in Healthcare and Health Plan Administration

Programme Code: HD 133 Online Application 3416 6338 2305 5315

Application Code 報名編號 : HD133

3 HD in Healthcare & Health Plan Administration 醫護與健保行政高級文憑

Programme Aims & Features

Given the aging population in Hong Kong, there has been a rising demand for professionals and supporting staff in the healthcare and health-related industries. Statistics have pointed to the rising demand yet blatant lack of training for supporting staff in related fields. This programme targets this need and provides a broad-based education in health science, social sciences, financial planning, and business law. The knowledge and transferable skills that students acquire would equip them well for administrative and supportive positions in various health-related industries.

Opportunities for Further Studies

2019 Overall Progression Rate: 71%
UGC-funded Bachelor’s Degree Programmes: 50%

This programme targets HKDSE students who are interested in pursuing a career after graduation in the healthcare sector. They can also choose to pursue further studies at degree level in Public Health or Business Studies.

Graduates can apply for a variety of degree programs like nursing, public health, community health practice, gerontology, and business administration. Below are some of the examples*:
The University of Hong Kong
BASc Global Health and Development
BSc Information Management
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
BSc Community Health Practice
BSc Gerontology
BSc Public Health
Integrated BBA

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
BA (Hons) Applied Ageing Studies and Servic Management
BA (Hons) Language and Speech Sciences
Hong Kong Baptist University
BBA (Hons)
Lingnan University
BSSc (Hons) Health and Social Services Management
The Education University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Health Education (Hons)
Bachelor of Education (Hons) (Primary) General Studies / Mathematics

Job Placement

All students are required to complete a 192-hour internship during the last semester of their second year of study. Students will be assigned to various administrative or supportive roles (i.e. non-sales tasks like underwriting) at either a healthcare or insurance company. Students will apply the knowledge they have learnt. Those who perform well could also build ties within the industry and facilitate their transition into the workplace.

Professional Recognition

Two of the programme’s courses – namely “Business Law for Insurance Professionals” and “Insurance” – correspond closely to Parts I and III of the Insurance Intermediaries Qualifying Examination (“IIQE”). Students will be encouraged to take these professional examinations while they are still in our programme. In the meantime, the Programme Team will continue the search for recognition from more professional bodies.

Career Prospects

This programme targets HKDSE students who are interested in pursuing a career in healthcare and health plan administration upon graduation. Graduates will on one hand acquire a foundational knowledge about health science and be able to recognize basic medical terms regarding common diseases and treatments. On the other hand, this programme offers a broad-based education in social sciences, financial planning and business law that is rarely found in a traditional health science programme. Supporting jobs in healthcare or health plan administration do not simply require basic administrative skills. Workers need to have an elementary understanding of health science as that knowledge is integral to the work process. Our graduates will be equipped with such combined knowledge, which renders them relatively competitive in the market.

Graduates may proceed to full-time employment as administrative and supporting staff in various healthcare organizations, involving both private and public healthcare providers, as well as affiliated institutions like pharmaceutical companies, medical laboratories, elderly homes, and even wellness service businesses.

More importantly, graduates who are interested in health plan administration could proceed to full-time employment in the back office of the insurance industry. There is a general misconception that jobs at an insurance company are confined to only sales positions. There is in fact an overlooked yet promising field at the back office, involving supporting tasks like underwriting and claims processing. Given the high and rising demand for these health plan administrators yet limited supply of the right talents, the career and income prospects for these positions are bright. Graduates from this programme will provide an ideal fit.

Special Entrance Requirements

In addition to the minimum entrance requirements, preference will be given to applicants who have taken Biology or Combined Science (Biology) in the HKDSE Examination, and /or obtained Level 2 or above in HKDSE Mathematics (Core).


*The above list is not exhaustive and only shows some of the examples.

  • Quantitative Analysis I
  • Introduction to Academic English
  • English for Academic Purposes I & II
  • English for Healthcare Professionals
  • Practical Chinese
  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • Sociology of Health

Year 1

  • Introduction to Healthcare Systems
  • Public Health
  • Human Biology (Nursing)
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Fundamentals of Pharmacology
  • Foundation of Financial Planning


Year 2

  • Clinical Microbiology and Communicable Diseases
  • Common Diseases and Treatments
  • Introduction to Mental Health
  • Introduction to Positive Psychology
  • Insurance

Experiential Learning (Select ONE from below)

  • Internship
  • Intra- and Interpersonal Competencies
  • Working with Older People