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Graduate Certificate in Health Economics

Degree Type Graduate Certificate

Duration 6 months full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3GC067

CRICOS 075812K

Health economists apply economic principles to the health care system in order to determine how resources can be best used to improve the health of populations.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Economics introduces students to the basic foundations of micro and macro-economic principles, and to a range of theories and methodologies used in health economics. It is the only graduate certificate in Australia to offer courses in both mainstream economic theory and practice and health economics, and has a strong focus on the development of practical skills to support the application of health economics in the real-world.

Students undertake a total of four courses; two in economics, one in health economics and one from a wide variety of electives offered by the School of Public Health, allowing them to tailor their studies to their areas of interest.  

Taught by researchers with international reputations and real world experience in the field of health economics, the certificate is ideal for those who wish to develop a career in health policy, planning and management. A flexible and modern teaching structure provides options for completing the certificate online.  

Graduates can progress to further study with the Graduate Diploma in Health Economics or Master of Health Economics and Policy.

  • Entry Requirements

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    SATAC Code 3GC067
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry A completed Bachelor's degree (or equivalent).
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GC067

    International applicants

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    CRICOS 075812K
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $12,500 for 6 months

    International applicants

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    Tuition fee International student place: $17,250 for 6 months


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    The program is ideal for professionals in mid-career health policy, planning and management roles or those who plan a career in these fields. It also provides a strong foundation for researchers who wish to apply health economic methods in their area of focus.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Policy Adviser, Public Health Management, Health Economist

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    Students complete a minimum of one Public Health course (3 units) and two Economics courses (6 units).

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year 1




    PUB HLTH 7082 Health
    Economic Evaluation and Decision Making (S1)


    PUB HLTH 7081 Health
    Economics (S2)
    Public Health or Economics Elective * Public Health or Economics Elective * Public Health or Economics Elective *

    * Students must choose a minimum of one Public Health Course (3 units) and two Economics Courses (6 units) as listed below:

    Elective Courses - Select 2 courses from the following:
    Select 1 course from the following:


    Exams, presentations and written assignments.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017


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