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Graduate Certificate in Health Economics

Graduate certificate

Health Economics gives you the skills and know-how to improve health care systems and solve complex challenges within the health care sector.

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  • Qualification
    Graduate Certificate in Health Economics
  • Duration
    1 year part-time
  • Credit
  • Location
    Curtin Perth,  Open Universities Australia
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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.

Why study

  • 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

Career information


  • Health economist
  • Health and welfare service manager
  • Policy analyst


  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Human resources
  • Research and development

Future growth: stable
Oct 2020

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.

Admission criteria

Applicants for a Graduate Certificate are required to meet University academic and English language entry standards; details are provided at 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)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

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.

Advanced standing

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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Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $4,800*
Domestic $12,300*

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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  • Last updated on: 06/10/2022