Graduate Certificate in Health Economics and Economic Evaluation

Course overview

  • 18 months part time
  • Mixed Attendance Mode (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic students
  • Start Year Intake - February and Mid Year Intake - July


The Graduate Certificate of Health Economics and Economic Evaluation offers students the opportunity to develop core skills and knowledge in health economics. Students will learn the fundamental principles of health economics, gain an awareness of the Australian health care system and the complexities of health care finance and resource allocation within a global context.

During the course students will take four core subjects that will provide a rigorous foundation in health economics theory and application. Two of the subjects focus on the techniques and application of economic evaluation and health technology appraisal (HTA). Through these students will learn and practice techniques in economic evaluation and develop data analysis skills using relevant software.

On successful completion of the course students will be able to evaluate health economics evidence and apply this knowledge to support policy decisions. The course supports career development within health economics and economic evaluation research, consultancy, market access, and health policy roles. The skills students learn within this course will ultimately help them improve the efficiency and fairness of health care systems and ensure health care interventions deliver value for money.

In addition, students will have the opportunity to progress to a Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne.

This course is suitable for graduates from a range of disciplines and no prior background in economics is required.

The course is ideal for those considering a move into a career as a health economist, but also for practitioners and managers working in health care wishing to understand more about health care systems, finance and priority setting to support their work.

This course is delivered online. This will involve a mixture of synchronous sessions (real-time) and asynchronous (pre-recorded and self-paced exercises).