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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Master of Health Economics and Policy

This program is not available for 2020 entry.

The Master of Health Economics and Policy is ideal for professionals looking to progress their careers in health policy, planning and management; and who wish to make a difference to people’s health around the world. It is the only degree in Australia to offer courses in both mainstream economic theory and practice and health economics, and has a strong focus on the development of practical skills to support the application of health economics in the real-world.

The degree offers an advanced understanding of how society can manage and improve the health of populations by providing hands-on experience in solving real-world health economic issues. With a flexible teaching structure that includes online study options, modern teaching methods, and wide variety of elective courses, the degree delivers a strong foundation in economics and allows students to align their studies to their educational background or career aspirations. 

Students learn in small groups with close supervision from leading researchers with international reputations. To complete the degree and to cement coursework learning, students have the option of completing an individual dissertation or a small group-based research project. The group projects involve the completion of an economic evaluation and the outputs of previous projects have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

Graduates have a high level of skill and knowledge across the fields of economics, health policy, health economics and health technology assessment, and are well prepared for rewarding careers in a range of sectors nationally and internationally.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Career Readiness
Health economists find employment in a wide range of sectors: University departments, Government, Pharmaceutical & Medical Device companies, Management and Research consultancies, and non-governmental organisations. 

The program is ideal for professionals in mid-career health policy, planning and management roles or those who plan a career in these fields. 

Graduate Attributes
The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
Deep discipline knowledge
Critical thinking and problem solving
Teamwork and communication skills
Career and leadership readiness
Intercultural and ethical competency
Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Potential careers
Policy Adviser, Health Economist, Medical Research, Nurse Researcher, Parliamentary Adviser, Pharmaceutical Scientist, Data Analyst, Economist, Project Manager, Public Health, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Health Information Manager, Information Analyst, International Aid Agency Employee, Public Health Management

PSW Opportunity

The additional year of post study work rights is not available to international students studying in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Bachelor Degree or Masters by Coursework Degree - 2 years - 3 years (Adelaide)

Masters by Research - 3 years - 4 years (Adelaide)

PhD qualification - 4 years - 5 years (Adelaide)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry.

Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right.

IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6

TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 20 Listening 20 Speaking 23 Writing 27

Pearson Overall 58 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 65 Writing 65
 
C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 176 Listening 176 Speaking 185 Writing 185
 
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor of Economics or equivalent; or a completed Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics from the University of Adelaide. Successful applicants without a Bachelor of Economics degree will receive a packaged offer for the Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics plus Master of Health Economics and Policy (total duration 2 years full-time).
 
Additional Entry Requirements
Within five working days of submitting a formal SATAC preference, applicants must provide a written statement of 500 words (maximum) on their reasons for wishing to undertake the program and a Curriculum Vita