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Graduate Diploma in Health Policy

Speciality Classification
Management and Administration
End Date
1 year full time / 1.5 years part time
the University of Sydney


In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

The postgraduate health policy program provides students with a comprehensive and practical understanding of health systems and policy making processes. It offers a critical perspective on how health systems operate and the forces that shape the health policy environment.

Why study health policy with us?

  • 100% online course delivery - this course is offered through our interactive online learning environment, giving you the flexibility to tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle. We also offer full-time and part-time options, allowing you to decide your study load.
  • Learn how to develop and implement health policy.
  • Analyse current health policies and policy processes.]
  • Learn about the current issues in the Australian healthcare system.
  • Develop applied skills in policy analysis, health financing, economic evaluation and critical appraisal techniques.
  • Understand emerging issues from international trends.
  • Identify and analyse politics and power in health policy.
  • Gain a critical perspective on how healthcare is delivered in Australia
  • Graduate with professional confidence to work across the health sector.

Who should study this course?

  • Those who are already engaged in or planning careers in health policy who wish to extend their knowledge in health services, policymaking, leadership or health policy research.
  • Health practitioners who are interested in management, leadership and strategic roles.

This program is offered at three award levels graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master's degree; completion of this graduate diploma program can be used as credit towards a master's degree. 

Course details

  • Faculty/University School: Faculty of Medicine and Health 
  • Credit points required: 36 
  • Course abbreviation: GradDipHPol 
  • USyd code: GNHEAPOL1000 
  • UAC code: N/A 
  • Study mode: Online; Intensive; On-campus day; On-campus evening; 
  • Study type: PGEM 
  • Location: Camperdown/Darlington  
  • Duration full time: 1 year 
  • Duration part time: 1.5 years

What you'll study 

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.

Graduate Diploma in Health Policy
Provider Type
1 year full time / 1.5 years part time
End Date
CPD Points
Credit points required: 36
Price Details
Tuition Fee for Domestic Students (Year 1): $23,625 (indicative only)
Tuition Fee for Domestic Students (Year 1): $23,625 (indicative only)
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