Research Officer (Public Health) , Department of Health (Ref: 44117)

Department: Department of Health

Publish Date: 2021-03-19 18:00:00

Job Title: Research Officer (Public Health)

Salary (Monthly): $40515

Salary (Hourly): $N/A

Salary (Daily): $N/A

Entry Requirements:

Candidates should –

(a) (i) have a Master degree in Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Infection Control or Statistics from a Hong Kong university, or equivalent; or
(ii) have a postgraduate diploma in Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Infection Control or Statistics from a Hong Kong university, or equivalent, with 2 years’ relevant full time post qualification working experience;

(b) in addition to requirement (a), another 2 years of relevant full time post qualification working experience in conducting pubic health or epidemiology research/ survey, risk communication, database management and data analysis, statistical programming, management of information system and large databases is preferred;

© meet the Language Proficiency Requirement:
(i) Level 3 or above in Chinese Language and English Language in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) or Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSEE) or equivalent [Note(1)]; or
(ii) have (1) Chinese Language and Culture or Chinese Language and Literature and (2) Use of English at “Grade E” or above in the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE), or equivalent; and

(d) be able to speak fluent Cantonese and English.


(a) Set up, operate, maintain and evaluate information systems on public health subjects including surveillance;

(b) Update and maintain various databases, compile statistical reports and perform statistical analysis;
© Conduct quality assurance surveys to centers and clinics participating in vaccination progammes, including through on-site inspections of the facilities, administrative arrangement and vaccination procedures, to evaluate work flow and guidelines;
(d) Coordinate, design and provide inputs on compilation and analysis of statistics/ health data, and prepare statistical reports to monitor the progress of vaccination programmes;
(e) Plan and carry out research projects including the preparation of papers, briefs, statistical or progress reports and research projects on related subjects, and make recommendation to management;
(f) Support statistical and/or other research on public health studies and/or public health investigation and control;
(g) Conduct literature review, analyse and interpret data for planning of the vaccination prgrammes, various public health subjects and/or infection control measures;
(h) Handle enquiries and take up liaison work related to health information and research; and
(i) Assist in supervisory and/or training activities, and perform any other duties as assigned by senior officers.

Terms of Appointment:

Successful candidates will be appointed on non-civil service terms from 6 to 12 months. Renewal of contract will be subject to the service need of the Department and the performance of the candidate.

General Notes:

(a) Candidates must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the time of appointment unless specified otherwise.

(b) As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment. The vacancy advertised is open to all candidates meeting the basic entry requirement irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race.
© Non-civil service vacancies are not posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates appointed are not on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service. Candidates appointed are not civil servants and will not be eligible for posting, promotion or transfer to any posts in the Civil Service.
(d) The entry pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made.
(e) Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the recruiting department may devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend recruitment examination and/or interview.
(f) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he/she will be invited to attend the selection interview and/or written examination without being subject to further shortlisting. Applicants who have declared disabilities found suitable for appointment may be given an appropriate degree of preference over other applicants whose suitability for appointment is considered comparable to that of the former. The Government policy and other related measures on employment of persons with disabilities are set out in the booklet “Employ People Based on Their Abilities – Application for Government Jobs by Persons with Disabilities” which is available for reference on the Civil Service Bureau’s website at under “Administration of the Civil Service – Appointments”.
(g) Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions / Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications. They should submit copies of their official transcripts and certificates by mail to the above contact address.
(h) Non-civil service vacancies information contained in this column is also available on the “GovHK” on the Internet at

How to apply:

Application Forms (G.F. 340 [(Rev. 3/2013)]) are obtainable from any Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of District Offices, Home Affairs Department or any Job Centres of the Employment Services Division, Labour Department. The said form can also be downloaded from the Civil Service Bureau’s website (

Completed application forms submitted in person or by post should reach the above contact address together with copies of supporting documents listed in the entry requirements. Please specify “Application for the position of Research Officer (Public Health)” on the envelope. To avoid delayed or unsuccessful delivery of applications by post, please ensure that the correct address is clearly printed or written on the envelope and sufficient postage has been affixed before posting. Mail items bearing insufficient postage will not be delivered to this Department and will be returned to the sender or disposed of by the Hongkong Post, where appropriate. Applicants will bear any consequences arising from paying insufficient postage. Applicants may also apply online through the Civil Service Bureau’s website ( Applications submitted by fax or e-mail will not be accepted.

For applicants who apply on-line, they should submit copies of the required supporting documents by post to the above contact address within one week after the application. The on-line application number should be quoted on the envelope and copies of the supporting documents. Please do not send originals of transcripts / certificates.

If candidates fail to provide the supporting documents as required, their applications will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to provide their email addresses on the application forms. Candidates who are selected for interview will normally receive an invitation (by email or by post) in about four to six weeks after the application is received. Those who are not invited for interview may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.

Enquiry Address:

Appointments Section, Department of Health, Room 1807, 18/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

Enquiry Telephone: 2961 8609

Application Start Date: 2021-03-19 18:00:00

Application End Date: 2099-12-31 23:59:00