Course Description

The postgraduate Healthy Policy program at Sydney Medical School 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 program is offered at three award levels – graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master’s degree. Graduates will have a comprehensive and practical understanding of policy making, 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.

Completion of this Graduate Certificate program can be used as credit towards a Graduate Diploma or Masters degree.

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.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $29,000 total course cost.
International Students: $44,500 per year full-time

Starting dates

March, July

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Health Services & Support postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 69.2% (national average 70.8%)
Improved skills: 80.2% (national average 79.2%)
Overall satisfaction: 83.7% (national average 84.4%)

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

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Health Services & Support postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 82.4% (national average 84.2%)
Studying full time: 7.4% (national average 6.5%)
Median full time salary: $75,000 (national average $83,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

University of Sydney (USYD) Code: GCHEAPOL1000

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