Master of Health Economics and Policy
The Master of Health Economics and Policy is ideal for professionals looking to progress their careers in health policy, planning and management; and who wish to make a difference to people’s health around the world. It is the only degree 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.
The degree offers an advanced understanding of how society can manage and improve the health of populations by providing hands-on experience in solving real-world health economic issues. With a flexible teaching structure that includes online study options, modern teaching methods, and wide variety of elective courses, the degree delivers a strong foundation in economics and allows students to align their studies to their educational background or career aspirations.
Students learn in small groups with close supervision from leading researchers with international reputations. To complete the degree and to cement coursework learning, students have the option of completing an individual dissertation or a small group-based research project. The group projects involve the completion of an economic evaluation and the outputs of previous projects have been published in peer-reviewed journals.
Graduates have a high level of skill and knowledge across the fields of economics, health policy, health economics and health technology assessment, and are well prepared for rewarding careers in a range of sectors nationally and internationally.
For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.
For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
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SATAC Code 3CM112 Enquiries Future Students teamGraduate entry
Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods (formally known as Mathematical Studies) or equivalent. Additional Entry RequirementsWithin five working days of submitting a formal SATAC preference, applicants must provide a written statement of 500 words (maximum) on their reasons for wishing to undertake the program and a Curriculum Vitae at the following link: https://health.adelaide.edu.au/admissions/hltheco-pol/application.html Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor of Economics or equivalent or a completed Graduate Certificate in Economics or a completed Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics from the University of Adelaide. Applicants who do not have a Bachelor of Economics or Graduate Certificate in Economics or a Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics, should apply for a packaged offer of the Master of Health Economics and Policy with Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics (SATAC code: 3CM120).SATAC Code: 3CM112
CRICOS 064443K Intake February and July
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 Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 C1 Advanced 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
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor of Economics or equivalent; or a completed Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics from the University of Adelaide. Successful applicants without a Bachelor of Economics degree will receive a packaged offer for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics plus Master of Health Economics and Policy (total duration 2 years full-time).
Additional Entry RequirementsWithin five working days of submitting a formal SATAC preference, applicants must provide a written statement of 500 words (maximum) on their reasons for wishing to undertake the program and a Curriculum Vitae at the following link: https://health.adelaide.edu.au/admissions/hltheco-pol/application.html
Fees and Scholarships
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Indicative annual tuition feesAustralian Full-fee place: $26,500
Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $36,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Health economists find employment in a wide range of sectors: University departments, Government, Pharmaceutical & Medical Device companies, Management and Research consultancies, and non-governmental organisations.
The program is ideal for professionals in mid-career health policy, planning and management roles or those who plan a career in these fields.
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Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Policy Adviser, Health Economist, Medical Research, Nurse Researcher, Parliamentary Adviser, Pharmaceutical Scientist, Data Analyst, Economist, Project Manager, Public Health, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Health Information Manager, Information Analyst, International Aid Agency Employee, Public Health Management
The program consists of coursework comprising core courses in the areas of Health Economics and Policy, Economic Methods and Public Policy Issues, and electives in the areas above or other approved courses. Students with at least a distinction average may also choose to complete a dissertation on a research project.
Students will be provided with a broad foundation in key economic principles and methods, as well as the opportunity to develop specialised knowledge in selected areas, such as development economics, econometrics, East Asian economies, game theory, etc. In addition to two Health Economics courses, with a focus on the principles and analytic methods of health economic evaluation, and four other complementary courses selected from a wide range of methods and policy-based courses, students also complete a group-based research project that applies taught skills to a real-world problem.
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Areas of Specialisation
The variety of elective options available provides students with the ability to tailor their program according to their educational background and career aspirations. In addition to a generalist track, there is the option to specialise in health technology assessment.
Example Study Plan
Indicative study plan Year1 S1 PUB HLTH 7082 Health Economic Evaluation and Decision Making PUB HLTH 7074 Introduction to Biostatistics PUB HLTH 7075 Introduction to Epidemiology ECON 7220 Challenges Facing Economic Policy Makers S2 PUB HLTH 7081 Health Economics PUB HLTH 7147 Health Technology Assessment PUB HLTH 7085 Applied Health Economic Evaluation PUB HLTH 7076 Health Policy and Public Health Interventions Year2 S1 ECON 7016 Resource and Environmental Economics PG ECON 7115 Public Economics ECON 7204 Econometrics PG
Assessment includes exams, presentations and written assignments.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 6 Apr 2021