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

Career Opportunities

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.

Potential careers

Policy Adviser, Health Economist, Public Health Management

The program consists of course work comprising core courses in the areas of Health Economics and Policy, Economic Methods, Public Policy and Management, and electives in the areas above or other approved courses offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences or the Faculty of the Professions. Students with at least a Distinction average may also choose to complete a dissertation on a research project.

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.

Core Courses - 8 courses

  • PUB HLTH 7074 Introduction to Biostatistics

  • PUB HLTH 7075 Introduction to Epidemiology

  • PUB HLTH 7081 Health Economics

  • PUB HLTH 7082 Health Economic Evaluation and Decision Making

  • ECON 7001 Econometrics IIID*

  • ECON 7220 Challenges Facing Economic Policy Makers

  • ECON 7228 Thinking Strategically IID

  • ECON 7032 Public Economics IIID

Electives - Select 4 courses from the following:

Refer to the list of Elective Courses below.

For candidates without adequate training in Public Health:

Candidates without adequate training in Public Health (an undergraduate medical or health sciences degree, or a graduate certificate or higher in public health) must complete the following qualifying course and 3 electives courses listed below.

Public Health Qualifying Course - PUB HLTH 7100 Foundations of Public Health



  • ECON 7016 Resource & Environmental Economics IIID

  • ECON 7044 International Finance IIID

  • ECON 7050 International Economic History IIID

  • ECON 7058 Development Economics IIID

  • ECON 7062 Game Theory IIID

  • ECON 7067 Economic Development

  • ECON 7072 International Trade IIID

  • ECON 7100 International Finance IV

  • ECON 7102 International Trade IV

  • ECON 7110 Advanced Mathematical Economics IV*

  • ECON 7114 Money, Banking and Financial Markets IIID

  • ECON 7115 Public Economics IV

  • ECON 7121 Microeconomic Theory IV

  • ECON 7122 Macroeconomics IV

  • ECON 7204 Econometrics IV*

  • ECON 7219 Macroeconomics IIID

  • ECON 7229 Behavioural Game Theory and Experiments IV

Public Health

  • PUB HLTH 7104 Biostatistics

  • PUB HLTH 7078 Social Science Research Methods for Public Health

  • PUB HLTH 7147 Health Technology Assessment

  • PUB HLTH 7076 Health Policy and Public Health Interventions

  • PUB HLTH 7073 Indigenous Health


  • MGMT 7008 Management Practice (M)

  • ACCTING 7019 Accounting Concepts and Methods (M)

  • MGMT 7006 Organisational Behaviour

  • MGMT 7007 Strategic Management

  • MGMT 7014 Strategic Compensation Management (M)

  • COMMERCE 7036 Knowledge Management & Measurement (M)

  • MGMT 7013 Strategic Evaluation & Control (M)

Students who have achieved a Distinction average in the 8 core courses may undertake the following options:

  • PUB HLTH 7119 Dissertation in Health Economics and Policy (full time)

  • PUB HLTH 7120 Dissertation in Health Economics and Policy (part time)

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


To fulfil the requirements for specialisation, students have to complete the prescribed elective courses below from one specialisation area.

Health Management

Select 4 courses:

  • COMMGMT 7008 Management Practice (M)

  • ACCTING 7019 Accounting Concepts and Methods (M)

  • COMMGMT 7006 Organisational Behaviour

  • COMMGMT 7007 Strategic Management

  • COMMGMT 7014 Strategic Compensation Management (M)

  • COMMERCE 7036 Knowledge Management & Measurement (M)

  • COMMGMT 7013 Strategic Evaluation & Control (M)

Health Technologies

Select 3 courses:

  • PUB HLTH 7147 Health Technology Assessment

  • PUB HLTH 7104 Biostatistics

  • TECHCOMM 5016 Entrepreneurship and Innovation or Business and Project Creation

  • Epidemiological Research Methods (External)

Development Economics

Select 3 courses:

  • ECON 7058 Development Economics IIID

  • ECON 7100 International Finance IV

  • ECON 7072 International Trade IIID or ECON 7102 International Trade IV

  • ECON 7016 Resource & Environmental Economics IIID

Australia requirements for international students

In Australia each institution has its own application procedures and admission requirements so il would be better to contact your chosen university for an application form. To study here you'll need to apply for both admission to an institution and also for a student visa from the Australian Government so it's necessery to carefully check student visa information on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

Entry requirements can include: the academic requirements, evidence of funds to support your study and overseas student health cover. The academic requirements you need to study in Australia depend on the level of education you want to study. Indeed, in some cases, you may need to present your results of an English language test. 

You can choose up to six courses in your application. Each university you've applied to consider your application separately. This means that you may receive an offer from each course that you include in your application. 

University requirements

Program requirements

Domestic applicantsGraduate entry only. A completed Bachelor of Economics or equivalent; or a completed Graduate Certificate in 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 ( applicantsGraduate entry only Prerequisites 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). Equivalent Scores IELTS Overall 6,5Reading 6Listening 6Speaking 6Writing 6Additional Entry Requirements Applicants will need to provide a Curriculum Vitae, 2 referee reports and a 500 word statement supporting their application. English Language Requirements IELTS band: 6.5
Postgraduate Coursework Scholarships Name of Scholarship
  • Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) Research Scholarship
  • Walter and Dorothy Duncan Trust
  • Fulbright Indigenous Scholarship
  • AFUW (SA) Scholarships & Bursaries
  • The AR Riddle Grant
  • AustCham China Scholarship Program
  • Australian Psychological Society Bursaries for Postgraduate Psychology Students of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Descent
  • The University of Adelaide Student Industry Partnerships
  • The Charlie Bell Scholarship for Future Leaders
  • Covidien Master of Minimally Invasive Surgery Scholarships
  • Cowan Overseas Travelling Scholarships
  • The Denis Harwood Entrepreneurial Scholarship
  • Department of Education and Child Development Professional Experience Scholarships
  • Department of Education and Child Development New Beginnings Scholarships
  • The Doris West Scholarship
  • The Elizabeth Keam AM Master of Nursing Science Scholarship
  • Grosset Gaia Fund Postgraduate Scholarship
  • The Marcos Andreas Agapitos Michael Scholarship in Architecture
  • The Mason Family Scholarship in the Communication of Science
  • Smolicz Award Language Teaching Scholarship
  • The Trevor Prescott Scholarship
  • Water Research Australia Scholarships
  • Winifred E Preedy Postgraduate Bursary
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