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This course will equip those working in health policy and economics with the skills needed to critically appraise, analyse and use information and data for policy and practice-related decision making.

The Sydney Professional Certificate in Data Literacy for Health Policymakers consists of 2 online and block mode units of study that equip health policy and economics professionals with the skills required to inject data into policymaking.

This course will increase your understanding of the links between evidence, policy and practice. You will build skills in making an evidence-based case for change and implementing policy.

Upon completion, students will be able to critically appraise research studies, primary information sources, and health economic evaluations for policy making and analyse these in context. You will be able to define the boundaries and key features of health policy, identify policy instruments and how they function, understand the main frameworks used for analysing health policy, apply methods and principles of health economics, and critically analyse the role of economic evidence in informing policy decisions in health decision-making in Australia.

Units of study:

  • Health Policy and Health Economics (HPOL5000)
  • Evidence into Policy and Practice (HPOL5008)

Please see below under What you’ll study for unit of study details.

Who should study this course?

Public health, health policy and economics professionals who wish to improve their information and data literacy for health policymaking.

Subject areas
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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 entry requirements

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 requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

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. 

Closing dates

Semester 1 - 11 February 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 (March)

This course is not available to International Students.

This course is not available to International Students.

Starting date

What you'll study

Students doing this certificate complete the following units:

  • Health Policy and Health Economics (HPOL5000)
  • Evidence into Policy and Practice (HPOL5008)

Both units are only offered in Semester 1. If these units are completed in the same semester, the certificate can be completed in 6 months part-time.

Units of Study

Admissions criteria

Admission to the Sydney Professional Certificate in Data Literacy for Health Policymakers requires a Bachelor degree or equivalent professional experience.

Credit for previous study

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

Course opportunities

Completion of a Sydney Professional Certificate in Data Literacy for Health Policymakers can be used as credit and articulate to a:

Career pathways

The course provides advanced postgraduate training for students who wish to excel their career within health policy.

Domestic students

International students

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