Study Health Economics and Policy at The University of Adelaide, Australia
Master of Health Economics and Policy
This his new degree offered jointly by the University of Adelaide Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of the Professions provides specialisation in the related fields of health economics, health policy and health care management with a particular focus on international health systems. Graduates will develop the capacity to design health reform programs, analyse policy effectiveness, perform economic evaluations of health care interventions, and identify challenges for policy implementation and governance issues by combining management skills with a sound knowledge of economics and public health policies. The flexible structure of the course 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.
Who should study this new program
Our course is designed for students with or without a background in economics. There is a worldwide shortage of health economists so our 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.
Why study the Master of Health Economics and Policy
The program is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge to undertake health economic evaluations and advise on health policy making, implementation and management in a wide range of contexts in both developed and developing countries. It will strengthen student's effectiveness in their policy making roles or their management of public sector relationships.
Tuition fees (2009):
Qualifying introductory courses (for those without economics background)
Students who have achieved a Distinction average have the option of writing a Health Economics and Policy dissertation valued at 12 study units.
The choice of electives allows students to tailor their program according to their educational background and career aspirations. In addition to a generalist track, there are three options for specialisation in health management, health technologies, or development economics. To fulfil the requirements for specialisation, students have to complete at least 3 prescribed courses (9 units) from one specialisation area.
The prescribed courses for the specialisation programs are:
Assessment: Exams, presentations & written assignments
Welcome from the Program Director
In creating this new and exciting program we fill an important gap as health economists with a good understanding of the public policy environment are sought after worldwide. We aim at training the leaders of tomorrow in Ministries of Health, health insurance funds, academia, pharmaceutical industry, management consultancies and international organisations. By combining teaching in two Faculties we marry economic theory and practice, public policy, finance and management knowledge with specialist skills in health economics and health policy analysis.
Adelaide is a fine place for graduate study: it is an attractive and safe Australian city which offers an easy way of life. We welcome you to the University of Adelaide's new program in Health Economics and Policy.
Professor Christian Gericke
Chair in Public Health Policy & Director, Centre for Health Services Research, The University of Adelaide; Honorary Fellow, European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies
Enrolment information at: website
Master of Health Economics and PolicyAngela Noble
University of Adelaide