Graduate Certificate in Health Economics

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Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





0.5 year full-time

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Admission requirements

  • See 'Can I apply' section for details



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Commencing in

Trimester 1

Why choose this program?

This program is available to sponsored students only.

The Graduate Certificate in Health Economics will support the understanding of economic issues important to the financing and delivery of health services and of economic theory and analytical techniques relevant to the allocating and prioritizing of health resources in Papua New Guinea (PNG).

The continuing growth of new pharmaceuticals, healthcare technologies, populations and ageing of the population means that there are increasing demands for healthcare in both public and private health care sectors, increasing costs of healthcare, and large and growing demands on healthcare budgets. Thus, it is important to make decisions around which healthcare interventions governments (and private providers) should fund, what level of funding healthcare interventions should receive from governments, and what interventions should not be funded. These decisions require health economics expertise.

Attendance information

This Graduate Certificate program will be delivered on-campus intensively over three blocks of full-time study at both the Gold Coast and Nathan campuses.

My career opportunities

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate program, participants will be expected to:

  • Apply economic principles to the PNG health care system in order to determine how limited resources can be best allocated to achieve better population health outcomes;
  • Develop evidence-based provincial health plans and budgets (for provincial-level participants);
  • Develop national health financing plans that include raising, pooling (to avoid fragmentation) and allocating health resources (for national-level participants);
  • Analyse the key cost drivers in the health system and develop appropriate strategies to maximise the benefit and impact of the domestic/provincial health budget.