The Business of Health (HPOL5006)


Healthcare is one of the largest employers and industrial sectors in the Australian economy – and one of the most complex. ‘The Business of Health’ is a new intensive study unit offered by the Sydney School of Public Health and the University of Sydney Business School. It introduces technical and analytical skills needed to understand and navigate the modern healthcare system.

The unit gives a systematic introduction into how Australia’s health system functions as a business system. Approximately two thirds of health funding comes from government, while two thirds of services are provided by the private sector. Effective leadership in healthcare needs an understanding of the fiscal frameworks and strategies of the public sector. It also needs a grasp of the business models of private players in the health system.

We explore this complex mix to build an understanding of the inter-relationships among the players in the industry, public and private. The course will explore the financial and regulatory environment in which providers operate and identify the main business models used by different players in the industry, including service providers, private insurers, employers, and government regulators. We will also look at consumer-driven businesses seeking to disrupt the way healthcare is provided.

The unit draws on expert lecturers, international comparisons and case studies to give an understanding of the incentives and constraints that shape strategies to create value in healthcare. Students will learn the basics of business model development and strategic planning from experts drawn from both private and public sectors.

Instructional Format

The unit is taught as an intensive with workshops running over four days, supplemented by online activities.

Dates for 2018

The workshops will run from Tuesday 17 July to Friday 20 July 2018.

Lectures will also be recorded and will be made available on the course’s eLearning website.


The venue for all 4 workshops is the Eastern Avenue Seminar Room 312 on the Camperdown campus.

Application Deadline

Monday 9 July 2018 (late applications may be accepted).

Course Fee

$3, 300 (including GST)

Application Form

Applicants wanting to undertake the Business of Health short course need to complete the online application. You will be able to enter payment details as part of this secure process.

If you are a University of Sydney staff member and would like to apply, please contact the Office for Teaching and Learning regarding a journal transfer after you have submitted your application form.

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