Master of Health Economics and Policy

The University of Adelaide

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.

Course Fee:

Australian: $50,000
International: $73,000

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor of Economics or equivalent; or Graduate Certificate in Economics from the University of Adelaide. Assumed knowledge: SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Studies or equivalent. All applicants must send a written statement of 500 words (maximum) on their reasons for wishing to undertake the program and a CV to the School of Public Health within five working days after applying.


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.

Subjects you can Study:

Development economics; Health economics and policy: Health management; Health technologies

Study Pathways:

Applicants who have completed either the Graduate Certificate in Health Economics or Graduate Diploma in Health Economics may be granted credit towards the Master of Health Economics and Policy.

Who for:

The flexible structure of the program allows students to tailor their studies according to their educational background or career aspirations, focusing on the economic, health policy or management aspects of health care delivery and planning in countries at different stages of development

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00123M

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Terrace No info No Part time 4 years
North Terrace No info No Full time 2 years

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