Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Business and Economics

Managing facultyBusiness and Economics
Abbreviated titleGradDipHlthEcon
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Centre for Health Economics

Telephone: +61 3 9905 0733


Course coordinator

Associate Professor Duncan Mortimer


  • This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance learning (where this option is available) and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.
  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Part-time study only


This course is designed for health professionals and health policy makers wishing to further their knowledge and/or extend their formal qualifications in health economics.


Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will:

(a.) be critical and creative scholars who:

  • produce innovative solutions to health economics problems
  • apply research skills to health system challenges
  • communicate effectively and perceptively

(b.) be responsible and effective global citizens who:

  • engage in an internationalised world
  • exhibit cross-cultural competence
  • demonstrate ethical values

(c.) have a comprehensive understanding of their disciplines of economics and health economics and be able to provide discipline-based solutions relevant to the business, professional and public policy communities we serve

(d.) have advanced knowledge to graduate diploma level in health economics and be able to:

  • demonstrate analytical skills in economics to analyse the role of consumers, funders and providers in the health care sector
  • demonstrate technical skills in economic evaluation to promote an efficient and equitable health care system
  • examine health care institutions and the role of government from an economic perspective


The course has two main components:

  • four core units in health economics and policy
  • four electives from a recommended list


Students must complete:

(a.) four core units (24 points) as follows:

(i.) the following two units (12 points):

  • ECC5970 Introduction to health economics
  • ECC5974 Applied health economics and health policy

(ii.) two of the following three units (12 points):

  • ECC5971 Pharmaceutical economics
  • ECC5973 Economic evaluation in health care
  • ECC5975 Principles of health economics for developing countries

(b.) four elective units (24 points). Students are encouraged to select units from the recommended elective units or the unit from (ii.) not previously completed.

Recommended elective units

  • ECX5921 Introduction to international economics
  • ECC5972 Introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics*
  • MGF5923 Public policy
  • MPH5040 Introductory epidemiology
  • MPH5041 Introductory biostatistics
  • MPH5042 Climate change and public health
  • MPH5200 Regression methods for epidemiology
  • MPH5202 Clinical epidemiology
  • MPH5203 Environmental influences on health
  • MPH5207 Chronic disease: Epidemiology and prevention
  • MPH5213 Research methods
  • MPH5218 Infectious diseases: Epidemiology and prevention
  • MPH5236 Clinical trials
  • MPH5237 Clinical measurement
  • MPH5239 Systematic reviews and meta-analysis
  • MPH5248 Primary health care in developing countries
  • MPH5249 Field methods for international health
  • MPH5250 Health of women and children in developing countries
  • MPH5257 Aboriginal health
  • MPH5260 Health policy and prevention in a global world
  • MPH5265 Law for health systems
  • MPH5267 Principles of health care quality
  • MPH5268 Financial issues in health care
  • MPH5269 Foundations of health policy
  • MPH5270 Advanced statistical methods for clinical research
  • MPH5272 Reform and development of health services
  • MPH5283 Ethics, good research practice and practical research methods
  • MPH5287 Alcohol and other drugs in society: A national and global perspective

Other elective units can be identified using the browse units toolbrowse units tool ( in the current edition of the handbook. The level of the unit is indicated by the first number in the unit code; postgraduate units are those that commence with the number 5.

Further unit information is also available on the Department of Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine's information for current studentsinformation for current students ( webpage.

Students should check when units are offered and whether they are taught in block mode or off campus and ensure that they have completed any pre-requisites.

*Students considering further studies should undertake MPH5040 and MPH5041 instead of ECC5972.

Progression to further studies

Students who successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Health Economics and Policy may be eligible for admission to course 3842 Master of Business Economics subject to satisfying the appropriate entry requirementsentry requirements (

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit the Graduate Diploma in Health Economics and Policy early may apply to graduate with 2681 Graduate Certificate in Pharmacoeconomics after successful completion of 24 points of study provided they have successfully completed the units required for that award.


Graduate Diploma in Health Economics and Policy