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Chi-Li Pao Foundation
Master of Public Health Fellowship

JC School of Public Health and Primary Care Chinese University of Hong Kong


The Stanford Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE) and The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) are pleased to announce the launching of a fellowship program that will provide a Stanford medical student the opportunity to earn a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) from The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care (JCSPHPC). The Chi-Li Pao Foundation MPH Fellowship expects the first Stanford medical student awardee to matriculate in the year-long program in JCSPHPC in Hong Kong in the fall of 2022.


It is increasingly clear that the biggest contemporary health problems facing the world are complex and require global, cross-disciplinary solutions. To address this, there needs to be a paradigm shift in medical education towards a more international and collaborative approach. The purpose of the Chi-Li Pao MPH Fellowship is to promote international institutional collaboration to foster the innovation that results from bringing the perspectives of multiple professions and academic disciplines in different cultural settings to bear on global public health problems. This new overseas degree program opportunity for our medical students will help prepare our future leaders to gain the highest training and competence not only in cutting-edge science, but also the dedication and global perspective to be able to apply that science to benefit mankind.


Established in 2009, JCSPHPC is part of the Faculty of Medicine of CUHK. Founded in 1963, CUHK is a large research university with a long-term vision to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West. JCSPHPC’s mission is to improve health and well-being for all through research, education, and services.


The Chi-Li Pao Foundation MPH Fellowship award will provide a round-trip ticket from San Francisco to Hong Kong, full tuition, and a living stipend for one year as the selected Stanford medical student pursues a Master of Public Health at CUHK. The selected candidate will enroll in a comprehensive co-curricular leadership development program set within CUHK —a robust network of faculty, students in public health, research, and medicine. There will be opportunities for engagement with mentors and highly accomplished leaders who will enhance the ability to impact the local communities one may study as well as serve.

The program’s value proposition extends, however, beyond financial support and academic development. The Chi-Li Pao Fellow will come together regularly with other students—both as a cohort and within the broader pool of the Stanford Center for Asian Health Research and Education (CARE) faculty, and within the Stanford Alumni Community and Bing Overseas Program in Hong Kong—for dinners, speakers, retreats, social events, and other practice- based learning opportunities. This multidisciplinary program is designed to enrich the Fellows’ professional training, develop leadership skills, and build new connections that will serve them beyond their years at Stanford and CUHK and will help form the basis for further collaboration between two great academic institutions.


Eligible candidates for the Chi-Li Pao MPH Fellowship Program are current candidates for an M.D. degree at Stanford University. A committee of Stanford and JCSPHPC faculty will select Chi-Li Pao MPH Fellows to pursue a full-time MPH at CUHK based on established leadership abilities, intellectual distinction, academic achievement, and a commitment to public service.


We anticipate that this program can be transformative for the right Stanford medical student. For more information, please refer to the CUHK website or contact CARE.

MPH brochure


Applicants must apply separately to both the Chinese University of Hong Kong MPH program and to the Chi-Li Pao Fellowship.

The CUHK application must be submitted through the Graduate School portal (please print and send a copy of this to Stanford CARE too). The completed CLP Fellowship application form must be emailed to Stanford CARE ( Links to both applications can be found below.


In addition to the tuition fee and on-campus housing at CUHK, students may have to prepare a budget with approx. HK$ 35,000 – 50,000 (US$ 4,516 – 6,452) yearly on food, clothing, transportation, and other expenses. The government website is a useful reference.


The University Health Service at CUHK provides on-campus medical, dental, and health promotion services to full-time students. The medical team includes full-time doctors to provide comprehensive family medicine care to the University members. The health clinic is equipped with a minor operating theatre, a dispensary, a medical laboratory, and a physiotherapy unit to provide primary medical and dental care services. Medical services are generally free of charge, while the Dental Unit charges a nominal fee.


Inpatient medical services in Hong Kong are provided by both public and private sectors with a charge. Most of the public hospitals provide 24-hour Accident & Emergency services. Non- local students holding a valid student visa are entitled to use the Accident & Emergency services at HK$ 180 and stay in the general ward of a Hong Kong public hospital and receive medical treatment at HK$ 100-120 per day plus an admission fee of HK$ 75. Public hospitals near CUHK include Prince of Wales Hospital in Shatin (next to School of Public Health Building) and the Nethersole Hospital in Taipo, New Territories.


Once students enroll as CUHK students, they are insured and covered by the Group Personal Accident Policy and the Group Travel Accident Policy of the University when they are engaged in university activities. However, students may consider arranging, at their own cost, additional health insurance for accident and sickness which covers costs incurred from emergency evacuation/rescuer’s expenses and repatriation during their stay in Hong Kong.