Graduate Diploma in Health Economics

Degree Type Graduate Diploma
Duration 1 year full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GD086
CRICOS 075811M

This program is not available for 2020 entry.

Advance your career in a growing field

Health economists apply economic principles to improve society and its healthcare systems.

What influences the health of populations? How best can we manage and allocate resources to improve wellbeing?

What will you do?

Our graduate diploma is the only one in Australia to offer courses in both mainstream economic theory and practice and health economics. You will:

  • complete four economics courses, two specific to health
  • choose two public health elective based on your interests
  • benefit from small group learning
  • be supervised by internationally renowned and highly experienced health economists
  • build a broad foundation in key economic principles and methods
  • develop practical skills and apply your learning to real-world problems
  • understand public health policy in depth.

Our flexible and modern teaching structure provides options for completing the diploma online.   

Where could it take you?

You might progress to further study with the Master of Health Economics and Policy. You could end up working alongside a biotechnology company as a consultant. You might advise on healthcare policy. Perhaps you’ll evaluate product cost-effectiveness for a pharmaceutical group or analyse data from clinical trials.

  • Entry Requirements

    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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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3GD086
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor's degree (or equivalent).
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GD086

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 075811M
    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
    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 Requirements
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $26,500

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    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.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates can expect to find employment in Ministries of Health around the world, health insurance funds, the pharmaceutical industry, management consultancies, academia and international 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.

    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

  • Degree Structure

    Students complete a minimum of two Public Health courses (6 units) and four Economics courses (12 units).

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    Indicative study plan
    Year 1S1 PUB HLTH 7082 Health
    Economic Evaluation and Decision Making
    Public Health or Economics Elective * Public Health or Economics Elective * Public Health or Economics Elective *
    S2 PUB HLTH 7081 Health
    Public Health or Economics Elective * Public Health or Economics Elective * Public Health or Economics Elective *

    * Students must choose a minimum of two Public Health Courses (6 units) and four Economics Courses (12 units) as listed below:

    Electives - Select up to 4 courses from the following:
    Electives - Select up to 2 courses from the following:

    * These courses are available for students with an appropriate level of mathematical and statistical background.


    Exams, presentations and written assignments.

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  • Further Information

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Last updated: Tuesday, 8 Sep 2020