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Discover health policy at the University of Sydney

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Overview

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 diploma program can be used as credit towards a master's degree. 

Subject areas

There are no specialisations for this course.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.

Your fee

Scholarships

We’ve relaunched our scholarships program and offer a variety of postgraduate coursework scholarships for both domestic and international students.

Criteria, eligibility and application deadlines vary. Check the scholarships website or contact the school directly for more information.

We’ve relaunched our scholarships program and offer a variety of postgraduate coursework scholarships for both domestic and international students.

Criteria, eligibility and application deadlines vary. Check the scholarships website or contact the school directly for more information.

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

The Graduate Diploma in Health Policy consists of 36 credit points (cp), including four core units (24cp) and two elective units of study (12cp). You may be allowed to undertake elective units outside the prescribed list with the approval of the course coordinator and unit coordinator.

Classes are conducted in intensive mode, including weekend workshops and web-based learning.

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 Diploma 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
  • have completed the requirements of the embedded graduate certificate, or equivalent qualification

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 diploma program can be used as credit towards a master's degree. 
 

Career Pathways

The Graduate Diploma in Health Policy enables graduates to work at a high level across the health sector, whether it be in government and policy roles, leading health services, or working in advocacy, strategy, political advisory, regulation, or business development. 

There are many employment opportunities for health policy graduates to work in a range of organisations across different spheres. These include:

  • commonwealth and state departments of health, 
  • area health services, 
  • local health service providers, 
  • non-government service providers and, 
  • community and consumer-based advocacy groups.

 

Domestic students

International students

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.