Health Service Strategy and Policy (HSBH3003)


This unit of study offers students an insight into the larger picture of how a nation sets priorities for health services. The importance of evidence-based health policy development in planning health services will be highlighted. Strategies for increasing the cost-effectiveness of health services will be covered. Issues of communication and advocacy in health are portrayed. Students will gain skills in health service needs assessment, measuring cost-effectiveness, macroeconomic evaluation of health services and systems and health equity assessment. It is envisaged that students will develop a capacity to understand the concept of health policy and its relevance to the delivery of health care services and to take a problem-oriented approach to analysing and evaluating current policy provisions and strategies in the Australian context.

Further unit of study information


2x1-hr lectures/week, 1-hr tutorial/week


On-line assessment of tutorial content (20%), 2000 word report (40%) and 1.5hr exam (40%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

HSBH1006 and (HSBH1007 or HSBH2007) and HSBH1008 and HSBH1009, HSBH1006 and (HSBH1007 or HSBH2007) and HSBH1008 and HSBH1009, HSBH1006 and (HSBH1007 or HSBH2007) and HSBH1008 and HSBH1009

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.