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Overview

In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

About this course

The Master of Health Policy provides students with a comprehensive and practical understanding of health systems and the policy-making process. It offers a critical perspective on how health systems operate, how policies across a range of sectors, both public and private, influence health and how to create health policy change. Graduates will have a comprehensive and practical understanding of policymaking, including systems thinking; economic evaluation; health financing and budgets; power, politics and agenda setting; and the critical use of evidence.

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. A face-to-face learning option will be available when on-campus study is permitted once more. 
  • Learn how to develop and implement health policy.
  • Gain intensive training in policy analysis and critical appraisal techniques.
  • 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.

FAQ's

What is the different between the Master of Health Policy and the Master of Public Health?
The Master of Health Policy is an accelerated program for people that have existing work experience and can be completed in one year full time.  It equips you to work across all sectors und understand and shape both public health systems as well as the healthcare system -  including primary, tertiary and oral healthcare. By completing the Master of Health Policy you will learn how to use policy instruments to make system level changes that improve efficiency and bring change forward by understanding the political, institutional and structural aspects of decision making in health.

Do I have to sit exams?
The assessments in this degree are a mix of written assignments, short answer assignments, take-home quizzes and group problem-solving. We make sure your assignments are directly relevant to current health policy issues – so you will practice writing convincing cases for policy change throughout your degree.

Listen to more FAQs about studying health policy at the University of Sydney.

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. 

Applying for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

There is no separate application required to apply for a CSP. Once you apply for admission, if you are successful in securing a CSP, you will receive notification via an offer of admission.

A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is not guaranteed as there are a limited number of CSPs available for postgraduate courses. The number of available CSPs for a course can change each semester/year.  CSPs are also not automatically awarded for course transfers and upgrades.

CSPs are awarded for the duration of a course based on academic merit determined by the University and eligibility criteria specified by the Australian Government. Learn more about CSPs. If you do not qualify for a CSP you may be offered a domestic fee-paying place.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January 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 - 15 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 25 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 Master of Health Policy consists of 48 credit points (cp), including six core units (36cp) of which 6cp is a health policy project, 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.

The Master of Health Policy has one unit - 'Evidence into Policy and Planning' - that is taught in block intensives – with the remainder taught online. This unit is taught in 2x 2-day intensives, on a Friday and Saturday making it easy for people working full time, or living interstate, to participate.

Core units include:

  • HPOL5000 Health Policy and  Health Economics
  • HPOL5001 Health Systems and Financing
  • HPOL5003 Analysing Health Policy
  • HPOL5007 Global Health Policy
  • HPOL5008 Evidence into Policy and Planning
  • HPOL5009 Health Policy Project.

Electives include, but are not limited to:

  • HPOL5006 – Business and Health
  • HPOL5012 – Leadership and Strategy in Health
  • HPOL5014 – Foundations of Health Technology Management.

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

Course structure

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

Who you'll learn from

  • Professor Andrew Wilson is the former Chief Health Officer and Deputy Director General Public Health, NSW Health. He is now the Director of the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, where his research focuses on clinical medicine, public health, health system policy and planning the prevention and control of chronic disease.
     
  • Dr Carmen Huckel Schneider is Deputy Director at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy, and Director of the Master of Health Policy. Her current research interests include governance in global health, health systems and financing and decision-making in health policy.

Admission criteria

Admission to the Master of Health Policy degree requires:

  • a bachelor's degree with first or second class honours from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification and a minimum of 1 year of work experience in a health or policy related field; or
  • completion of the requirements of the embedded graduate certificate; or
  • completion of the requirements of the embedded graduate diploma, 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?

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Course options

This program is available at multiple levels to suit your professional and personal needs. The courses are embedded, allowing you to step from one to the next at your own pace.
 

Career Pathways

The Master of 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.

 

Why study health policy?

5 reasons you should study health policy at the University of Sydney

Health policy involves the decisions, actions and plans that are undertaken to achieve health goals within society.

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