Postgraduate Diploma in Gerontological Studies (CEF) - HKU SPACE: Wellness & Healthcare courses
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Postgraduate Diploma in Gerontological Studies
老年學深造文憑

CEF Reimbursable Course

CEF Reimbursable Course

Course Code
HS148A
Application Code
1770-HS148A

Study mode
Part-time
Start Date
28 Feb 2020 (Fri)
Duration
15 months
Language
English
Course Fee
HK$33,000 + Community Practicum fee
All fees are subject to change without prior notice.
Note: Students may purchase professional indemnity insurance on their own.
How to Apply
Deadline on 27 Dec 2019 (Fri)
Enquiries
29755688
28072054

The programme is intended to develop individual competency and leadership in elder care through the delivery of an independent health project based on primary health care models.

The aim of the programme is to provide learners from different disciplines who are interested in gerontological studies with advanced knowledge and skills in the discipline of gerontology. It is essential to appreciate the illness experience of older adults from symptoms presentation to receiving treatment and care, and care of death and dying. With the advanced technology on diagnostic and screening assessment for acute or chronic conditions commonly occurred in older adults, staff working in elder care setting are expected to equip themselves with adequate knowledge on the functions of use of appropriate clinical assessment tools so that they can help the clients and family caregivers in understanding the purpose of the tests and treatment. Nowadays, the increased efficiency on the delivery of elder care relies on evidence based practice. Thus, different types of social methodologies and validated measurement scales for understanding social impact measures are discussed. 

On completion of the programme, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse the current gerontological and geriatric issues locally and globally;
  2. Integrate holistic and multi-disciplinary approach in aged care in community;
  3. Apply evidence-based interventions of primary health care for older adults and family caregivers;
  4. Analyse the health policy, development and innovations in gerontological care;
  5. Integrate research in gerontological care to health promotion for the older adults and family caregivers; and
  6. Practise effective leadership and demonstrate professional competency in gerontological care.

Programme Structure

There are 4 modules in the programme.

  1. Advanced Practice in Geriatrics and Gerontology
  2. Advanced Development on Mental Health and Ageing
  3. Research Methods in Gerontological Studies
  4. Primary Health Care Practice and Leadership in Gerontology

Completion of four modules leads to a Postgraduate Diploma in Gerontological Studies.  Students may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Gerontological Studies after completion of modules one and two.

ProgStruct-GS

Application Code 1770-HS148A -

Days / Time
  • Friday, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Venue

Module 1: Advanced Practice in Geriatrics and Gerontology

 

The objectives of this module are to update healthcare professionals the current issues and development of geriatric and gerontological care from local and global perspectives. They will be able to take reference of evidence-based practice in providing quality health care for older adults and family caregivers in the community setting effectively.

 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse gerontological issues: societal attitudes towards older adults, health and social care for the older adults, long term care policy, informal and formal support services;
  2. Review the epidemiology and care management of older adults in aged-related health problems;
  3. Conduct a comprehensive needs assessment of older adults with chronic health conditions;
  4. Integrate holistic and multi-disciplinary approach in older adults in age-related health condition; and
  5. Apply evidence-based interventions of primary health care: fall prevention, drug compliance, and active lifestyle.

 

Syllabus

  1. Understanding latest approaches on gerontological studies
  2. Advanced clinical knowledge and development of aged-related conditions
  3. Advanced care and practice in older adults
  4. Geriatric rehabilitation
  5. Primary health care and disease prevention

 

Assessment

Examination, Presentation, Written Paper

 

 

Module 2: Advanced Development on Mental Health and Ageing

 

This module covers a range of advanced diagnostic and screening tests on depression and cognitive impairment (dementia), treatment and care of older adults with mental health conditions. Understanding the current assessment tools for needs/problems identification, psychosocial intervention, case management and mental health promotion at different cohorts of older adults with different mental health needs are essential areas included in this module.

 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module, students should be able to:

  1. Review the epidemiology and latest research of mental health and ageing;
  2. Evaluate evidence-based practices on managing older adults with mental health conditions;
  3. Identify the needs of care via use of mental health assessment for older adults;
  4. Adopt case management approach in caring for older adults with dementia, depression and their family caregivers;
  5. Participate in multi-disciplinary teams in the delivery of care in the community; and
  6. Integrate holistic and culture-specific practice in mental health approach for older adults in the community.

 

Syllabus

  1. Epidemiology of mental illnesses in older adults
  2. Mental health assessment and management
  3. Application of case management on older adults with mental health problems
  4. Multi-disciplinary team approach in mental health rehabilitation for older adults
  5. Holistic and culture-specific mental health promotion in older adults

 

Assessment

Placement Diary,  Examination, Presentation, Written Paper

 

 

Module 3: Research Methods in Gerontological Studies

 

The objectives of this module are to revisit the concepts, the role and methods of research in health care to guide evidence-based practice. Students will be introduced to a list of validated local relevant measurement scales for social impact assessment. They will analyse the essential elements in qualitative and quantitative research study designs and demonstrate their research literacy through critical appraisal of research papers and research proposal at the end of the module.

 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module, students should be able to:

  1. Evaluate different approaches in the research process;
  2. Critically review research articles on older adults and gerontological studies;
  3. Analyse the importance of qualitative research methods in understanding family caregiving stress and coping with aged-related health problems;
  4. Examine the approaches, outcomes and values of quantitative designs on gerontological studies;
  5. Write a research proposal for quantitative or qualitative study of geriatric services; and
  6. Develop expected outcomes based on social impact measurement.

 

Syllabus

  1. Quantitative research
  2. Qualitative research
  3. Future role of research study in gerontological studies in primary health care

 

Assessment

Literature Review, Research Proposal

 

Module 4: Primary Health Care Practice and Leadership in Gerontology

 

The objectives of this module are to integrate the learned knowledge and skills into care practice. Students are required to develop a community project on health promotion for older adults in the community.  The community project will focus on the delivery of health talk on early identification and screening for general/mental health condition, prevention and coping with the condition and health maintenance via lifestyle modification. 

 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the module, students should be able to:

  1. Apply the evidence-based interventions of primary health care for older adults;
  2. Analyse the mental health policy, development and innovations in gerontological care in primary health care;
  3. Integrate holistic and multi-disciplinary approach to health promotion among older adults and family caregivers;
  4. Demonstrate professional competency and leadership in gerontological care in the community; and
  5. Conduct mental health promotion programme to the older adults and family caregivers in designated community placement.

 

Syllabus

  1. Mental health promotion in Third Age
  2. Primary health on nutrition, health screening and checking on five senses and pain management
  3. Promoting physical activity and health
  4. Image promotion of older adults: Innovations and development

 

Site Visits

Students are encouraged to visit allied health services such as community pharmacy, community based physiotherapy, community occupational therapy and hospice care, Chinese medicine clinic. Participation of site visits is voluntary and non-credit bearing.

 

Assessment

Placement Diary, Presentation, Written Report    

 

 

Applicants shall be:

  1. Registered Nurses who are registered with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong with three years of work experience in geriatric fields; OR
  2. Registered Nurses who are registered with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong and have at least one year of post-registration work experience and a relevant bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognised university; OR
  3. Healthcare professionals working in related geriatric fields and have at least one year of post-registration work experience and a relevant bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognised university; OR
  4. *Holders of a bachelor’s degree awarded by a recognised university and have at least two years of work experience in a relevant field.

*Applicants are required to attend an interview conducted by the admission panel.

 

If the degree or equivalent qualification is from an institution where the language of teaching and assessment is not English, applicants shall provide evidence of English proficiency, such as:

  1. an overall band of 6.0 or above with no subtests lower than 5.5 in the IELTS; or
  2. a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL, or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL, or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or
  3. HKALE Use of English at Grade E or above; or
  4. HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 3 or above; or
  5. equivalent qualifications.

Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on individual merit.

Application Fee

HK$200 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • HK$33,000 + Community Practicum fee
    All fees are subject to change without prior notice.
    Note: Students may purchase professional indemnity insurance on their own.
  • The CEF Institution Code of HKU SPACE is 100
CEF Courses
Postgraduate Diploma in Gerontological Studies
老年學深造文憑
COURSE CODE 41G10775A FEES $33,000 ENQUIRY 2975-5688
Continuing Education Fund Continuing Education Fund
This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.

Postgraduate Diploma in Gerontological Studies

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [6])

Postgraduate Certificate in Gerontological Studies

  • This course is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [6])

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Enrolment Method

In Person / Mail

  1. Award-bearing and professional courses may require other information. Please download the NUHS application form.  Bring or post the completed form(s), together with the appropriate application/course fee(s) and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.
Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or Mastercard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.

Notes

  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
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  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
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