Graduate Diploma of Health Economics

2020 Deakin University Handbook

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2020 course information

Award granted Graduate Diploma of Health Economics

Cloud (online) 

Duration1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
Deakin course codeH604
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

This course is an exit only from H704 Master of Health Economics 

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Health Economics provides graduates from a range of disciplines such as nursing and pharmacy through to business administration and health management and beyond, a foundation in health economics. The graduate diploma applies microeconomic concepts relevant to health and economic evaluation to the complexities of resource allocation in the health system. Students will learn skills in economic evaluation of health interventions, resource allocation and priority setting along with foundation skills in biostatistics.

As a graduate, students will be able to evaluate current research in economic evaluation of health services as well as participate effectively in health policy development and debate. In addition to numerous career opportunities, students will have the opportunity to progress to a Master of Health Economics at Deakin University.

Indicative student workload

Full time study in this course is equivalent to a full time work commitment. Successful students typically spend about 150 hours in learning and assessment for each one credit point unit.

Mandatory student checks

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.

In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.

Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course rules

Students must complete 8 credit points.

Course structure

Trimester 1

HSH717Health Economics 1

HSH719Economic Evaluation 1

HSH746Biostatistics 1

Plus one elective: 

HSH744Epidemiology 1

HSH763Financing Health Care

Trimester 2

HSH762Resource Allocation and Priority Setting

HSH764Economic Evaluation - Theory and Practice

MPE781Economics for Managers *

Plus one elective: 

HSH761Health Technology Assessment 1

HSH766Economics and Health Policy Analysis

HSH768Health Economics in a Global Context


* MPE781 is available in Trimester 1, 2 or 3


Further information

Prospective Student Enquiry Centre
1800 693 888