Master of Social Sciences
(Behavioral Health)

Director's Message

It is my honour to present to you this master degree programme which is the first-of-its-kind in Hong Kong. Drawing on Eastern and Western health philosophies and intervention approaches, this programme aims at facilitating helping professionals’ development of an integrative helping model suitable to their own clinical practice. Since the launching of the programme in 2004, responses from local healthcare and social service professionals have been persistently positive and encouraging. Moreover, the programme has attracted a number of international students with strong clinical backgrounds. The multidisciplinary environment fosters stimulating intellectual deliberations among teachers and students.

In a holistic healthcare model, the spirituality domain is certainly most abstract and difficult to tackle. Yet there is substantial evidence supporting its strong relevance to well-being. Our team is keen to contribute to the operationalization of spirituality as a construct tractable by all healthcare professionals and applicable in their clinical practice.

Last but not least, I would like to express my warmest welcome to those interested in embarking on the journey of searching for and developing their own integrative practice.

Prof. Rainbow T.H. HO, PhD, REAT, BC-DMT, AThR, RSMT, RSME, CGP, CMA
Registered Expressive Arts Therapist (USA)
Registered and Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist (USA)
Registered Arts Therapist (USA)(Australia & New Zealand)
Registered Somatic Movement Therapist / Educator (USA)
Certified Group Psychotherapist (USA)
Certified Movement Analyst (USA)
Professor, Department of Social Work and Social Administration
Director, Centre on Behavioral Health


The aim of the programme is to provide a systematic and comprehensive training in behavioral health with a solid, culturally relevant and holistic orientation. It is tailored for healthcare and social service professionals who aspire to develop an evidence-based and integrative model of clinical practice in their workplace. The curriculum covers Eastern and Western health philosophies and intervention approaches for the betterment of body-mind-spirit well-being at both individual and community levels.

Learning Outcomes

After the completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding on the history, background and cultural issues of the topics related to behavioral health;
  • Integrate Eastern and Western health philosophies and apply the related knowledge and practical skills in tackling health-related issues in the field;
  • Express facts, ideas and opinions effectively in various types of oral and written communication in academic, professional and social settings;
  • Raise the level of self-awareness and personal reflection on their own concept of holistic health and well-being;
  • Be aware of the global and local development of behavioral health issues; and
  • Develop and establish their own evidence-based and integrative practice model in workplace.

Who will benefit from the programme

Medical doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, counselors, psychiatrists, dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, educators, Chinese medicine practitioners, and other complementary and alternative medicine practitioners

International students and graduates from related disciplines with relevant work experience who wish to pursue postgraduate study in behavioral health are also welcome.