Master On Campus Online

Health Policy

University of Sydney

12 months
51000 AUD/year
31500 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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The Health Policy program at the University of Sydney 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. 


The Health Policy program at the University of Sydney is offered at three award levels graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master's degree. Graduates will have a comprehensive and practical understanding of policymaking, including economic evaluation; health financing and budgets; power, politics and agenda setting; and the critical use of evidence.

This course is designed for health practitioners who are interested in learning more about how health priorities are set and wish to gain a broader understanding of health systems. It is also for those already engaged in or planning careers in public policy who wish to extend their knowledge of health policy and policy making.  

Our health policy program is industry-focused, so our students work closely with professionals in the private, public and non-government sectors to gain an understanding of roles in the health system and build professional networks. You will be exposed to national and international health policy networks through flexible, face-to-face and blended delivery. Upon completion of this course, you will be equipped to work at a high level across the health sector.

Why study health policy with us?
  • 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.

Career Pathways

There are many employment opportunities for health policy officers to work in a range of organisations across different spheres. These include Commonwealth and state departments of health, area health services, some local health service providers, non-government service providers and community and consumer-based advocacy groups.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Analysing Health Policy 
  • Bioethics, Law and Society 
  • Business of Health 
  • Ethics and Public Health
  • Evidence into Policy and Practice
  • Global Health Policy 
  • Health Research Methods and Ethics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


48 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS code: 053869G 

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    51000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 51000 AUD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    31500 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31500 AUD per year during 12 months.
  • Student Contribution Amount (SCA) for year 1: $7,950 (indicative only)

Living costs for Sydney

1882 - 3547 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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