Master of Health Policy and Planning - The University of Sydney

Master of Health Policy and Planning

- 18th globally for public health (Shanghai Rankings 2023)

- A top 20 university globally (QS World University Rankings 2024)

This information relates to the 2024 intake.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are available for this degree. If you are assigned a CSP, it will significantly reduce the cost of your degree. CSPs are competitive and offered to eligible students based on academic merit. We advise you to apply early, before the closing date for the best chance to secure a CSP. Learn more about CSPs at Sydney.

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About this course

Our Master of Health Policy and Planning will provide you with a detailed and practical understanding of health systems and the policy-making process.

It offers a strong and explicit focus on health policy, moving beyond administration and management to progress early-mid public service careers.

Who is it for?

Our course is designed for those who are engaged or planning a career in health policy wishing to extend their knowledge in health services, policymaking, leadership or conceptual modelling, as well as health practitioners who are interested in strategic decision making and systems thinking.

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Key information


1 year full-time
(Available part-time)
Not available to student visa holders.


Camperdown/Darlington University of Sydney

Study mode

You can do a combination of:

The course comprises units of study that are predominantly online or mostly online, with no more than one third of required units of study offered in face-to-face mode.

Face to face

Additional information

Credit points
Total amount of credits points required to complete this course. All subjects have a credit point value to indicate their contribution towards completing the course.

Career paths

Our Master of Health Policy and Planning 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.

What you’ll study

Our Master of Health Policy and Planning is a postgraduate coursework degree that will give you 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.

You will complete core units in health policy, health policy planning and health economics, including a health policy project unit. Additionally you will complete elective units in global and public health, or from other subject areas with approval from the course coordinator.

Unit of study table: Health Policy and Planning

Why study with us?

  • We are ranked 18th globally for public health (2023 Shanghai Rankings Global Rankings of Academic Subjects).
  • We are a top 20 university globally (QS World University Rankings 2024).
  • This course is offered through our interactive 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 is available. 
  • The course may be delivered online, ideal for interstate students and those with existing demanding schedules.
  • 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.



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Admission criteria



Mandatory for course entry

Admission to this course 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.


English language requirements

Mandatory for course entry

You may need to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study with us. Find out which requirements are applicable to you below:

How to apply

Before applying

Prepare a statement of intent

Please provide a statement of intent with your application. This is a mandatory document for admission to this program.

In your 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.

Submit application

Submit an application through our portal.

Closing dates

Semester 1

31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2

15 July of the commencing year

Scholarship applications

Separate deadlines apply for scholarships.

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