Course overview

If you’re a manager or policymaker working in health and have leadership potential, this degree specialisation is for you. This multi-disciplinary, globally-oriented program will equip you with the skills to influence equitable health policy outcomes in the public and non-government sectors in Australia, as well as international settings.

Exposure to current, key concepts and debates on health policy will deepen your knowledge of policy formulation, systems and institutions, and the transboundary characteristics of health challenges – the demands and consequences of technology and health data, social inequity and development. Critical, conceptual and problem-oriented analyses will frame your learning about how health policy systems interconnect with other social policy fields, and the role and influence of the professions working across health. You will assess the challenges to coordinating and promoting health across policy silos and jurisdictional boundaries.

When you graduate, you will have the skills to research and evaluate health policies and systems, and to apply data to determine what constitutes appropriate health objectives. This will prepare you to lead in the development of effective health systems and the shaping of health policy in a contemporary global landscape.

Starting dates

January, February, April, July, October

What you will learn

This degree examines the processes, institutions and practices of public policy. It is designed for graduates interested in pursuing a career in, or currently working in, public policy within or outside of government. Core courses provide students with a solid foundation in policy processes, governance institutions, policy analysis and research. The degree also equips students with important skills for analysing and researching public policy, and communicating persuasively on policy relevant matters. Through interactive and case-based teaching, students debate and reflect on the challenges of governing public policy in a dynamic, interconnected, global and increasingly digital world. 

Pathways and enabling courses

  • The Master of Public Policy requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:
    • Completion of the following pre-sessional component
      • CRWF7900 Graduate Academic and Research Skills for Public Policy
      • POGO7901 Graduate Preparatory Economic, Social and Political Analysis
  • 24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses
  • 24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:
  • 24 units from completion of public policy courses from the following list and courses in any of the following public policy specialisations:
    • ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)
    • CRWF7000 Applied Policy Project
    • CRWF8019 Public Policy and Professional Internship
    • POGO8035 Research Project (6 units)
    • Economic Policy specialisation
    • Environment and Public Policy specialisation
    • Foreign and Defence Policy specialisation
    • Global Development Policy specialisation
    • Health Policy specialisation
    • Indigenous Policy specialisation
    • International Policy specialisation
    • Policy Analysis specialisation
    • Policy Communication specialisation
    • Population Change specialisation
    • Public Finance specialisation
    • Regulation: National and International Regimes specialisation
    • Social Policy specialisation
    • Social Research Methods specialisation

Entry requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0

Cognate Disciplines

Anthropology, Demography, Development Studies, Economics, Geography, International Relations, Law, Policy Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Sociology

English Language Requirements
All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

Assessment of Qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:
Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

How to apply

You can apply directly via ANU Application Manager

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $27,312 per year full-time, $54,624 total course cost
International Students: $42,960 per year full-time


2 years full time,

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences postgraduate courses at Australian National University (ANU) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 75.5% (national average 78.4%)
Improved skills: 82.8% (national average 79.0%)
Overall satisfaction: 88.5% (national average 87.2%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from Australian National University (ANU). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences postgraduate courses at Australian National University (ANU) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 86.1% (national average 80.6%)
Studying full time: 11.5% (national average 8.7%)
Median full time salary: $89,500 (national average $77,000)

The ratings above refer the proportion of surveyed Australian National University (ANU) graduates for which the statement was true. You can find out more about these results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 082349C