Graduate Diploma in Health Policy
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
Health Policy offers a critical perspective on how our health care system operates. The emphasis is on the importance of power and value choices, focusing on the interaction of governments with the private and community sectors in shaping policy. The course centres on the development and implementation of health policy through the application of knowledge to health policy issues and analysis of current health policy trends.
Students will gain an understanding of the forces shaping the health policy environment, the capacity to work with professional confidence across the health sector, and familiarity with the workings of high-level national and international health policy networks. Completion of this Graduate Diploma program can be used as credit towards a Masters degree.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- BETH5104 - Bioethics,Law and Society
- BETH5203 - Ethics and Public Health
- BETH5206 - Introduction to Public Health Ethics
- CISS6004 - Health and Security
- HPOL5000 - Introduction to Health Policy
- HPOL5001 - Economics and Finance for Health Policy
- HPOL5003 - Analysing Health Policy
- HPOL5007 - Global Health Policy
- MEDF5005 - Health Research Methods and Ethics
- MIPH5135 - Health Systems in Developing Countries
- PUBH5024 - Obesity and Health Promotion
- PUBH5025 - Physical Activity and Public Health
- PUBH5302 - Health Economic Evaluation
- PUBH5308 - Health Workforce Policy Analysis
- PUBH5418 - Tobacco Control in the 21st Century
- PUBH5420 - Public Health Advocacy Strategies
- PUBH5422 - Health and Risk Communication
- PUBH5500 - Advanced Qualitative Health Research
- QUAL5002 - Qualitative Methodologies & Study Design
- QUAL5003 - Qualitative Research Analysis & Writing
Further course information
The Graduate Diploma in Health Policy consists of 36 credit points (cp), including four core units (24cp) and two elective units of study (12cp). You may be allowed to undertake elective units outside the prescribed list with the approval of the course coordinator and unit coordinator. Classes are conducted in intensive mode, including weekend workshops and web-based learning.
There are many employment opportunities for health policy officers to work in a range of organisations across different spheres. These include Commonwealth and state departments of health, area health services, some local health service providers, non-government service providers and community and consumer-based advocacy groups.
A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Health Policy will:
(a) hold a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification; or
(b) have completed such qualifications, courses or experiences as are acceptable to the dean.
In exceptional circumstances the dean may admit applicants without this qualification who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Health Policy.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in Health Policy.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.