Digestive diseases require treatments through multidisciplinary approach. This groundbreaking master programme combines the expertise of different specialists to deliver an unrivaled multidisciplinary medical education.

You will gain insights into management strategies for gastrointestinal and liver cancers from a spectrum of specialties:










As a result, you will have comprehensive knowledge in the principles in gastroenterology and an in depth understanding of various digestive diseases.

Relevant Courses

GAST5002 - Interventions and Pharmacology in Gastroenterology (2 Units)


  • Basic principles of gastrointestinal surgery
  • Intervention radiology in GI and hepatobiliary diseases
  • Pharmacology: Immunosuppressive and Biologics
  • Endoscopic therapies in gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Pharmacology: Cirrhosis and complications
  • Workshop: Non-invasive assessment of liver fibrosis
  • Basic principles of hepatobiliary surgery
  • Endoscopic therapies in hepatobiliary disorders
  • Endoscopic therapies in early gastrointestinal malignancies
  • Workshop: Tests for H. pylori
  • Pharmacology: GI and hepatobiliary infection
  • Workshop: Diagnostic radiology
  • Workshop: Interventional radiology
  • Pharmacology: Therapies in peptic ulcer disease and functional GI disorders
  • Course Aims

    1.   To illustrate the role on therapeutic endoscopy.
    2.   To understand the basic principles of gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary surgery.
    3.   To illustrate the role of minimally invasive interventional radiology on treatment of gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary disorders.
    4.   To provide an overview of interventional radiology in gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary disorders.
    5.   To provide knowledge on the clinical pharmacology in gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary disorders.

    GAST5003 - Nutrition and Dietetics (1 Unit)


  • Obesity - the scope of problem
  • Basic food science
  • Gastrointestinal physiology - digestion and absorption of nutrients
  • Obesity - the multidisciplinary management
  • Perioperative dietary management in surgical patients
  • Malnutrition and clinical manifestations
  • Dietary management in patients with benign gastrointestinal pathologies
  • Dietary supplement in patients with chronic liver failure
  • Probiotics and the gastrointestinal tract
  • Dietetic approach to obesity
  • Course Aims

    1.   To provide basic knowledge on the physiology from absorption to metabolism of nutrients.
    2.   To provide an overview on food and nutrition.
    3.   To establish foundation knowledge for nutrition intervention in different disease groups.

    GAST5005 - Liver, Hepatobiliary, and Pancreatic diseases (1.5 Units)


  • Fatty liver diseases
  • Drug induced and metabolic liver disorders
  • Liver failure and transplantation
  • Hepatitis and renal patients
  • Hepatitis and oncology patients
  • Hepatitis and pregnancy
  • Gallstone and cholangitis
  • Hepatobiliary malignancies
  • Chronic viral hepatitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Acute viral hepatitis
  • Course Aims

    1.   To understand the basic pathologies of hepatitis, hepato-biliary and pancreatic diseases.
    2.   To understand the common clinical presentations of different liver parenchymal, hepato-biliary and pancreatic conditions using a multidisciplinary approach.
    3.   To illustrate with clinical examples the clinical management of viral hepatitis, common hepato-biliary and pancreatic condition.
    4.   To provide an overview on office management of viral hepatitis, common hepato-biliary and pancreatic diseases.

    GAST5007 - Psychological Intervention, Counseling and Complementary Medicine (1.5 Units)


  • Integrative Medicine in Gastroenterology
  • Psychological management of functional GI disorder
  • Principles and management of common psychological disorders I & II
  • Principles and practice of counseling I & II
  • Principles and practice of cognitive behavioral therapy I & II
  • Mindfulness-based management of gastrointestinal diseases
  • Course Aims

    1.   To introduce the concept of biopsychosocial model in development of functional gastrointestinal disorders.
    2.   To provide an understanding on the relationship between psychological disorders and gastrointestinal diseases.
    3.   To provide an overview of the role of psychological intervention and psychotropic therapy in management of functional gastrointestinal disorders.
    4.   To provide basic training on the clinical skills of diagnosis and management of patients with functional gastrointestinal and psychological disorders.
    5.   To provide an understanding on the role of complementary and alternative medicine in management of digestive diseases.

    GAST5008 - Interactive Workshops - Practical Management of Common GI Diseases (1 Unit)


  • Gastroenterology in Sport Medicine
  • Traveler’s medicine
  • Acute abdominal pain
  • Anemia
  • Liver function derangement
  • Liver nodule
  • Dyspepsia and chronic abdominal pain
  • Perianal problems
  • Course Aims

    1.   To understand about the management of common GI diseases through interactive based learning.
    2.   To illustrate the management of common GI diseases through case discussion.
    3.   To learn the differential diagnosis and management of common GI diseases through sessions of interactive quiz.
    4.   To understand and expose to various devices for investigation of common GI diseases through hands-on sessions.


    In the era of information supernova, evaluative skills are crucial in sorting relevant and useful information in an unbiased manner. It is especially imperative for medical professionals who navigate through volumes of medical literature, to possess critical thinking skills. Our programme is designed to equip you with cutting-edge research methodologies, medical statistics and clinical practices. Our distinguished faculty will guide you through an exciting tour in the world of clinical research in gastroenterology.


    Strong leadership skills are a critical asset in today’s job market. To distinguish yourself as a leading medical practitioner, you must be able to provide the best patient care and to lead a team and manage its operation. Healthcare professionals face challenges such as finding the balance between financial responsibilities, human resource demands and competitive constrains with the patient care mission of their organizations.

    The Master of Science in Gastroenterology programme prepares you for these daunting challenges. Some courses specifically cover all aspects required in healthcare management. Our lecturer panel is comprised of senior managers in healthcare policy, experienced human resource managers and training consultants. They discuss the clinical and everyday issues encountered in healthcare organizations. Selected topics of discussions cover problem solving skills, complaint management, crisis management and strategic planning. Advanced management techniques can help you establish an outstanding portfolio for your career advancement.

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    Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, CUHK Medical Centre
    Professor, Institute of Digestive Disease, CUHK
    Research Interest:
    Executive Director and Chief ExProfessor FUNG was President (2014-2018) and Chief Censor (2010-2013) of the Hong Kong College of Community Medicine. Professor FUNG is well recognized for his expertise in medical leadership, health planning, health informatics, and health services management. Professor FUNG teaches health services planning, healthcare innovation and technology management, healthcare financing, communications and marketing, and decision making at the School.cutive Officer, CUHK Medical Centre.
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    Professor and Division Chief, Division of Hepato-biliary and Pancreatic Surgery, Department of Surgery, CUHK
    Research Interest:
    Prof Lai has an keen interest in surgical outcome research, quality and risk management, healthcare policy, medico-legal and mediation. He has studied for a master degree in medical law at the University of Northumbria and he is an accredited mediator in Hong Kong under the Hong Kong Mediation Accreditation Association Limited (HKMAAL). He has contributed to training and education of healthcare professionals in various areas and is an experience examiner in the Faculty and College of Surgeons.
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    Chief Manager (Patient Safety & Risk Management), Quality & Safety Division, Hospital Authority Head Office
    Research Interest:
    Dr Sin graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1994. He was the Gold Medalist in Surgery upon graduation. He became a fellow of the Hong Kong College of Paediatricians and Hong Kong Academy of Medicine in 2001. After 10 years of clinical service, he changed his career path from clinical to management in 2006. Management exposures in the Hospital Authority over the past ten years included corporate Public Private Partnership programs, Medical Grade management, hospital expansion projects, annual planning and transformation projects, waiting time management and hospital accreditation project. He was the Service Director (Quality & Safety) and the deputizing Hospital Chief Executive of the Haven of Hope Hospital in Kowloon East Cluster. He is now working as the Chief Manager (Patient Safety & Risk Management), Quality & Safety Division in the Hospital Authority Head Office since 2016.
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    Clinical Director, Healthcare for the Senior, Qualigenics
    Research Interest:
    During his 30-year career in the medical profession, Dr Dai has specialised in geriatric, rehabilitation and pulmonary medicine. Dr Dai was a member of several Hong Kong Government Labour and Welfare Bureau steering committees and working groups studying issues relating to community care and residential care services for the elderly. He also chairs the Independent Committee for Handling Complaints of the Social Welfare Department from 2015. In 2012, Dr Dai was appointed Justice of the Peace. Before retirement from the Hospital Authority, Dr Dai was consultant geriatrician at Prince of Wales Hospital and led the complaint management unit. After retirement in December 2015, Dr Dai has joined Qualigenics as the Clinical Director for Healthcare for the Senior; and is Director of Geriatric Medicine at Baptist Hospital since June 2016.


    As a student of the Master of Science in Gastroenterology, you will be invited to exclusive, world-class medical conferences such as the institute’s signature event, the International Digestive Disease Forum (IDDF), the Practical Workshop in Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy. At these large events, you will meet intelligent young investigators, top scholars and some of the industry’s most important influencers. A great way to introduce yourself to people who matter in the field and expand your professional network. The unparallelled networking opportunities you get from IDD will place you in the right place, the right time, with the right people—key factors to launching or advancing your career!

    Our programme attracts students from various countries and professional backgrounds. Enrolled in our programme, you will have easy access to professionals within your specialty and from a diverse field of specialties. You will be stimulated by innovative ideas and be inspired by an ongoing exchange of knowledge at an institution with a global reputation for achievement. You will find yourself in a vibrant educational community that looks outward to engage with the best.

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    Institute of Digestive Disease
    Room 94020, 7/F, Lui Che Woo Clinical Sciences Building,
    Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong

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