Graduate Certificate in Health Economics
Health Economics gives you the skills and know-how to improve health care systems and solve complex challenges within the health care sector.
- Graduate Certificate in Health Economics
This fee paying course is two semesters part-time study and is offered both internally and fully online. Mid year commencement is available but applicants should be aware that minimum completion time would be 18 months.
- 1 year part-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
The Curtin campuses or teaching locations where units of this course are offered.
- Curtin Perth, Open Universities Australia
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OpenUnis SP 3
OpenUnis SP 4
If COVID-19 restrictions apply, we may need to make changes to units and/or delivery modes.
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You’ll have access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements that give you a competitive edge in the job market.
This course is a pathway to master degrees in health administration and public health, and Curtin’s prestigious MBA.
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Healthcare systems across the world face significant challenges due to changing population needs, rapidly developing technology and limited resources. Understanding how health systems are organised and managed financially is key to helping healthcare organisations meet these challenges.
In this course, you’ll discover how economic principles can be applied to health systems, and will examine different methods for collecting, analysing and reporting a variety of data in this field.
You will see how the data can be applied to economic evaluations, which in turn, can assist with policy-making and resource allocation. This can help the health system make optimal decisions, ensuring the limited resources we have for health and healthcare have the greatest possible impact.
In this Graduate Certificate, you can focus on how healthcare systems are organised, from financing and resource allocation to the delivery of vital services. You will develop skills to compare systems from around the world, in different political, economic and cultural environments to expand your knowledge and gain a global perspective.
An optional study unit gives you scope to pursue your individual interests and learn more in the areas of financial statement analysis, econometrics, data analytics, and the implementation of health policy.
This course is suitable for graduates from a range of disciplines, including health sciences, medicine, economics and business administration. It is also relevant if you are a clinician, researcher or manager looking to improve the performance of the health system in your organisation. No prior background in economics is required.
When you complete the course, you can choose to continue your learning in the Graduate Diploma of Health Administration, Master of Health Administration, Master of Public Health or Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Find out more about the course via the course handbook.
- Apply economic approaches to improve healthcare systems
- Develop quantitative skills including economic modelling and big data analytics
- Examine challenges facing healthcare systems in developed and developing countries
- Tailor your study to suit your interests
- Health economist
- Health and welfare service manager
- Policy analyst
- Human resources
- Research and development
Future growth: stable
What you'll learn
- Apply knowledge in key areas of health economics; explain principles and concepts of economic evaluation and its role in the health system.
- Critically analyse the inter-related components of complex health systems from an economic perspective; review evidence and reflect on competing criteria and methods to evaluate options for allocating resources.
- Access and synthesise relevant information using digital technologies applicable to health economics; communicate effectively wit stakeholders in the health system including government representatives, health administrators, clinicians and community members.
- Apply a global perspective in assessing economic issues relating to health systems; consider alternative viewpoints in evaluating efficiency and equity implications of health system reform.
- Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity in local and international contexts; recognise the importance of communicating in a culturally respectful way.
- Work independently and in teams; demonstrate leadership, professional behaviour and ethical practices within the health discipline; develop collaborative relationships and networks to advocate for the incorporation of economic analysis in health policy, practice and research.
Applicants for a Graduate Certificate are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at http://study.curtin.edu.au/. Applicants generally require a Bachelor Degree or equivalent credit gained for recognised learning
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
Other requirements and notes for this course
This fee paying course is two semesters part-time study and mid year commencement is available but applicants should be aware that minimum completion time would be 18 months.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
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Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees
Fee year: 2023
What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.
What is a domestic fee-paying (DFP) place?
A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government.
Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees.
Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
Fees are indicative only.
* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
For start dates, please view the academic calendar.
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