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Master of Health Economics and Policy

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM112

CRICOS 064443K

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.
  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3CM112
    Mid-year entry Subject to availability
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry 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.
    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Studies or equivalent.
    Additional Entry Requirements
    All applicants must send to the Discipline of Public Health within five working days after applying the following information: a written statement of 500 words (maximum) on their reasons for wishing to undertake the program and a Curriculum Vitae. The form for this information can be downloaded from the Discipline of Public Health website:
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM112
    Apply to SATAC code 3CM120 for a packaged offer of Master of Health Economics and Policy AND Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics. Application - Apply via SATAC now!

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 064443K
    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
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor of Economics or equivalent. Students without a Bachelor of Economics must complete the Graduate Certificate in Economics at the University of Adelaide first (6 month duration).
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Applicants will need to provide a Curriculum Vitae, 2 referee reports and a 500 word statement supporting their application.

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  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $25,000

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $34,500


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

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    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.

    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, Health Economist, Medical Research, Nurse Researcher, Parliamentary Adviser, Pharmaceutical Scientist, Data Analyst, Economist, Project Manager, Public Health, Research Assistant, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Health Information Manager, Information Analyst, International Aid Agency Employee, Public Health Management

  • 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

    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
    Year1S1 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
    Year2S1 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: Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017