Certificate Course – Foundations in Occupational Health

Hong Kong Occupational & Environmental Health Academy (HOEHA)

The Hong Kong Occupational & Environmental Health Academy (HOEHA) is an independent, not-for-profit training and research organization. Our mission is to protect and improve occupational health for the working populations and environmental health for all. The main strategies include capacity building for occupational and environmental health professionals through integrated and specialized training, assessment of occupational and environmental health needs and challenges with evaluation of the strategies in addressing such needs through research, and facilitation of evidence-based practices in the field through knowledge transfer with accreditation and consultancy projects.

Background of HOEHA

In 2014, with the Hong Kong Workers’ Health Centre (HKWHC, a non-governmental organization) entering her 30th year of commitment and services in protecting workers’ health, members of the Board of Directors (including specialist medical doctors, occupational hygienists, rehabilitation therapists, social workers and other occupational health & safety professionals) decided to take a step forward in realizing their vision by setting up an academy (HOEHA) to provide quality training to professionals for enhancing professional standards and to facilitate the development of good occupational and environmental health practices in the field through research, accreditation and consultancy projects.


Prof. Ignatius Tak-Sun YU
Specialist in Occupational Medicine
Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist (C.ErgHF)
Honorary President, Hong Kong Occupational & Environmental Health Academy
Visiting Professor, Fudan University School of Public Health
Visiting Professor, Sun Yat Sen University School of Public Health
Honorary Medical Advisor, Hong Kong Workers’ Health Centre
Chief Expert in Work Injury Prevention, Guangdong Provincial Work Injury Rehabilitation Centre


  • Prof. Ignatius Tak-Sun YU
    Specialist in Occupational Medicine; Chartered Ergonomist and Human Factors Specialist (C.ErgHF)
  • Mr. Shi-Kai LAM
    B.Sc. in Biochemistry, The Chinese Univ of Hong Kong; M.Sc. in Occupational Hygiene, Univ of London; CIH, COH, RPH, MAIOH, FHKIOEH Director of University Safety, University Safety Office, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Prof. Joseph KWAN
    BA, MPH Univ of California, Berkeley; MCLS Univ of California, San Francisco; DEnv Univ of California, Los Angeles; CIH; REHS; FHKIOEH Director of Health, Safety and Environment, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Mr. Sung-Tat YIP
    B.Sc. (Hons), M.Ph. in Physics, M.Sc. in Occupational Hygiene Management Safety Officer (Radiation), University Safety Office, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Dr. Simon YEUNG
    PDPT, Grad Dip (Ergonomics), M.Phil, Ph.D Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Dr. Marcus WONG
    MBBS (Monash), FHKCFP, FRACGP, FHKAM (Family Medicine), Associate Fellow (HKCCM), MOM (CUHK), CIME (ABIME) Director, Occupational Medicine Service Centre, Hong Kong East Cluster Associate Consultant (Family Medicine & Primary Healthcare)
    Fellow of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine


The greatest asset for the sustainable development and continued success of Hong Kong is her workforce. Maintaining and promoting the health of the working population is of utmost importance. Occupational health professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills are indispensable in providing the necessary services pertinent to protecting and promoting occupational health of the working population.

Foundations in Occupational Health is an introductory course that provides doctors, nurses, safety professionals and other health care workers with the principles of occupational health practices and basic understanding of major occupational hazards at work that may adversely affect the health and safety of workers in the workplace. Successful completion of this introductory course may be a pre-requisite for registration in intermediate and advanced levels courses of HOEHA.

The course is one of the recognized training programmes from various professional institutes and organizations. Participants can have the maximum points of 5 units as credit for re-certification of RPH (for HKIOEH) LENGTH OF STUDIES:

The course comprises of 13 weekly sessions with a total of 39 teaching hours.


  • Introduction to Occupational Health
  • Principles of Occupational Toxicology
  • Chemical Hazards
  • Physical Hazards
  • Biological Hazards
  • Ergonomics
  • Ergonomics assessment of manual handling and VDU work
  • Mental Health in the Workplace


Participants will be awarded the Certificate in Foundation of Occupational Health if they fulfill the following requirements:
* Attendance of at least 80% of the scheduled lectures.
* Passing the written assessment in accordance with the graduation requirements of HKOEHA.


English (supplemented by Cantonese)


The regular tuition is HK$ 12,000. Fees must be paid before the commencement of the course. Fees paid are not refundable or transferable with the exception of the course being cancelled by HOEHA due to unforeseeable circumstances.


Applicants should have a bachelor degree or equivalent in a field related to health or science. Those with working experiences in health and safety related areas will be given priority.

Please fill in the Registration Form and submit it with the required documents and payment. The details are given in the registration form.

Sit-in participations in individual sessions are possible. Please contact Ms. Ling Shek at 3591 9905 or email to reg@hoeha.org.hk to enquire.


The Course will only be offered if the number of registrants is at least 20. HOEHA reserves the right at any time to modify some of the course contents without prior notice.

Further Information and Enquiries:

Please contact Ms. Ling Shek at reg@hoeha.org.hk or at 3591 9905 or FAX: 2728 6968

Further Information and Enquiries:
Please contact Ms. Sabrina Wan
sabrina@hoeha.org.hk or at
TEL: 3591 9905 or FAX: 2728 6968
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