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Master of Health Policy

Speciality Classification
Management and Administration
End Date
Full time: 1 year
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 Master of Health Policy provides students with a comprehensive and practical understanding of health systems and the policy-making process. It offers a critical perspective on how health systems operate, how policies across a range of sectors, both public and private, influence health and how to create health policy change. Graduates will have a comprehensive and practical understanding of policymaking, including systems thinking; economic evaluation; health financing and budgets; power, politics and agenda setting; and the critical use of evidence.

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. A face-to-face learning option will be available when on-campus study is permitted once more. 
  • Learn how to develop and implement health policy.
  • Gain intensive training in policy analysis and critical appraisal techniques.
  • 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.


What is the different between the Master of Health Policy and the Master of Public Health?
The Master of Health Policy is an accelerated program for people that have existing work experience and can be completed in one year full time.  It equips you to work across all sectors und understand and shape both public health systems as well as the healthcare system -  including primary, tertiary and oral healthcare. By completing the Master of Health Policy you will learn how to use policy instruments to make system level changes that improve efficiency and bring change forward by understanding the political, institutional and structural aspects of decision making in health.

Do I have to sit exams?
The assessments in this degree are a mix of written assignments, short answer assignments, take-home quizzes and group problem-solving. We make sure your assignments are directly relevant to current health policy issues – so you will practice writing convincing cases for policy change throughout your degree.

Course details

Faculty/University School: Faculty of Medicine and Health 

Credit points required: 48 

Course abbreviation: MHPol 

USyd code: MAHEAPOL1000 

UAC code: N/A 

Study mode: Online; Intensive; On-campus day; On-campus evening 

Study type: PGCW 

Location: Camperdown/Darlington 

Duration full time: 1 year 

Duration part time: 2 years

What you'll study 

The Master of Health Policy consists of 48 credit points (cp), including six core units (36cp) of which 6cp is a health policy project, 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.

The Master of Health Policy has one unit - 'Evidence into Policy and Planning' - that is taught in block intensives – with the remainder taught online. This unit is taught in 2x 2-day intensives, on a Friday and Saturday making it easy for people working full time, or living interstate, to participate.

Core units include:

  • HPOL5000 Health Policy and  Health Economics
  • HPOL5001 Health Systems and Financing
  • HPOL5003 Analysing Health Policy
  • HPOL5007 Global Health Policy
  • HPOL5008 Evidence into Policy and Planning
  • HPOL5009 Health Policy Project.

Electives include, but are not limited to:

  • HPOL5006 – Business and Health
  • HPOL5012 – Leadership and Strategy in Health
  • HPOL5014 – Foundations of Health Technology Management.

Admission criteria

Admission to the Master of Health Policy degree requires:

  • a bachelor's degree with first or second class honours from the University of Sydney, or equivalent qualification and a minimum of 1 year of work experience in a health or policy related field; or
  • completion of the requirements of the embedded graduate certificate; or
  • completion of the requirements of the embedded graduate diploma, or equivalent qualification.

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.

In addition to the above criteria, please be advised that a statement of intent is a mandatory document for this program. For statement of intent, please specify the reason(s) why you would like to apply for this program and how do you think it will be beneficial to you after completing the program?

Career Pathways

The Master of Health Policy enables graduates to work at a high level across the health sector, whether it be in government and policy roles, leading health services, or working in advocacy, strategy, political advisory, regulation, or business development. 

There are many employment opportunities for health policy graduates to work in a range of organisations across different spheres. These include:

  • commonwealth and state departments of health, 
  • area health services, 
  • local health service providers, 
  • non-government service providers and, 
  • community and consumer-based advocacy groups.
Master of Health Policy
Provider Type
Full time: 1 year
End Date
CPD Points
Credit points required: 48
Price Details
Tuition Fee for Domestic Students (Year 1): $31,500 (indicative only)
Tuition Fee for Domestic Students (Year 1): $31,500 (indicative only)
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