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  Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics and Evaluation

Course code: 0967 • Course abbreviation: PGradDipHlthEcEv • Total credit points required: 48 • 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time • Managing faculty: Business and Economics

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Clayton)

Course description

This course is designed to provide students who already possess a basic degree in economics with the skills necessary to pursue a future career as academic or policy-oriented economists, as administrators in the health sector or as health-care evaluators. It introduces economists to the basic concepts of epidemiology and bioethics and trains participants in research methods by having them undertake a project during their placement at an approved institution.

Course objectives

The learning goals associated with this course are to: demonstrate a rigorous theoretical analysis using the disciplines of economics, health economics and health policy to the analysis of health care policy and institutions; demonstrate analytical skills in economics in an examination of the role of incentives in the achievement of health care objectives; apply technical skills in economic evaluation to the performance of a sophisticated economic evaluation of a health intervention; apply their training from the course in an institutional setting through a supervised work placement.

Course structure

The postgraduate diploma consists of four compulsory and three elective units plus a three-month placement unit, health industry based learning, (normally undertaken during the summer semester).

Course requirements

(a) students must complete four core units (24 points):

(b) students must complete three units (18 points) from the following list:

(c) students must complete one industry-based learning unit (6 points):

  • ECC5710 Health industry-based learning


A three-month placement (ECC5710) must be conducted at an institution acceptable to the course coordinator. During the placement the student is expected to complete an applied project under the direction of a supervisor. The project constitutes part of the formal assessment.

Progression to further studies

Students who successfully complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Economics and Evaluation with an average of 70 per cent or above may consider applying for the Master of Philosophy.

Contact details

Centre for Health Economics: telephone +61 3 9905 0733; email:

Course coordinators

Associate Professor and Anthony Harris, Ms Jenny Watts