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Graduate Certificate in Health Policy

Discover health policy at the University of Sydney

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The postgraduate health policy program provides students with a comprehensive and practical understanding of health systems and policy making processes. It offers a critical perspective on how health systems operate and the forces that shape the health policy environment.

Why study health policy with us?

  • 100% online course delivery - this course is offered through our interactive online learning environment, giving you the flexibility to tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle. We also offer full-time and part-time options, allowing you to decide your study load.
  • Learn how to develop and implement health policy.
  • Analyse current health policies and policy processes.
  • Learn about the current issues in the Australian healthcare system.
  • Develop applied skills in policy analysis, health financing, economic evaluation and critical appraisal techniques.
  • Understand emerging issues from international trends.
  • Identify and analyse politics and power in health policy.
  • Gain a critical perspective on how healthcare is delivered in Australia.
  • Graduate with professional confidence to work across the health sector.

Who should study this course?

  • Those who are already engaged in or planning careers in health policy who wish to extend their knowledge in health services, policymaking, leadership or health policy research.
  • Health practitioners who are interested in management, leadership and strategic roles.

This program is offered at three award levels graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master's degree; completion of this graduate certificate program can be used as credit towards a graduate diploma or master's degree. 

Subject areas

There are no specialisations in this course

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What you'll study

The Graduate Certificate in Health Policy consists of 24 credit points (cp), including three core units (18cp) and one elective unit of study (6cp). You may be allowed to undertake elective units outside the prescribed list with the approval of the course coordinator and unit cordinator. The Graduate Certificate is a one-year part-time course and classes are conducted in intensive mode, including weekend workshops and web-based learning.

Please note: This is a part-time course and it does not have a CRICOS code. Therefore, international applicants will not be eligible for a student visa for this course. However some temporary Australian visas allow you to study, so international applicants who are already based in Sydney may be eligible to apply for this course. Please check your visa restrictions before applying for this course.

Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree:

Units of Study

Course structure

View the health policy course structure diagram (PDF, 44KB).

Admission criteria

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Health Policy will:

  • hold a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification and a minimum of 1 year work experience in a health or policy related field; or
  • a minimum of 5 years professional work experience in a health or policy related field

In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without this qualification who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

In addition to the above criteria, please be advised that a statement of intent is a mandatory document for this program. For statement of intent, please specify the reason(s) why you would like to apply for this program and how do you think it will be beneficial to you after completing the program?

Course options

The program is offered at three award levels graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master's degree; completion of this graduate certificate program can be used as credit towards the graduate diploma and master's degrees. 
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