Graduate Certificate of Health Economics

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Graduate Certificate of Health Economics

This James Cook University (JCU) course is for you if you're a researcher, clinician or an administrator employed by a health service provider and you want to develop a career where you're responsible - or want to be responsible in the future - for producing efficiencies within the health system. It is also an appropriate course of study if you wish to enter academia as a Health Economist.

As a graduate of JCU's Graduate Certificate of Health Economics, you will have the skills to conduct economic evaluations, or utilise the results of other evaluations, to inform healthcare practice in a variety of settings. You will learn to design evaluations that assess equity as well as efficiency issues, including measuring outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations, and low and middle income countries in the tropics.

When you graduate, you will have a high level of statistical analysis ability, with the capability to critically evaluate the quantitative analysis of others, and also undertake your own quantitative research.

Start dates
1 year part-time
Study mode
On campus
AQF Level 7 bachelor degree

Career opportunities

This JCU Graduate Certificate will provide you with qualifications that equip you to:

  • Work in academic fields where there is an increasing expectation of clinical trial-focused research that includes a health economic evaluation component
  • Provide leadership within health service delivery in environments where there is a growing expectation of accountability and efficiency of services and procedures.

Course highlights

Your JCU Health Economics studies will give you a sound appreciation of the importance of equity and equality, as well as efficiency, in health economic studies and you will be able to critically appraise study designs for these issues.

Upon completion of the course you will be able to design, conduct and communicate the results of your own health economic evaluations and you will understand the importance of evaluating the current and proposed distribution of healthcare resources.

Regardless of whether you are a researcher, clinician or administrator, you will be able to view health systems through a health economics lens, asking key questions such as: what is produced, who is producing it, and who is it being produced for?

Course overview

This course will give you a sound knowledge of health economic theory as well as practical economic evaluation skills. You will gain advanced understanding and knowledge in subjects such as:

  • Biostatistics for Public Health
  • Public Health Economics
  • Applied Health Economics.

The course has a strong research focus, with students completing their own research project as a part of the Graduate Certificate.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.


Graduate Certificate of Health Economics

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Course type

GRC – Graduate Certificate (AQF Level 8)


Division of Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisite

Completion of an AQF7 Bachelor course at this or another University

Minimum English language proficiency requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

12 credit points as per course structure

Course learning outcomes

On successful completion of Graduate Certificate of Health Economics, graduates will be able to:

- Design and conduct an economic evaluation of health issues or health care interventions using robust statistical methodology;

- Critically evaluate economic evaluation literature and studies for methodological rigour, general application and application to given health systems;

- Critically reflect upon the importance of equity and/or equality for economic evaluations in the tropics.

Course Structure


TM5516:03 Biostatistics for Public Health

TM5526:03 Public Health Economics

TM5529:03 Applied Health Economics

TM5527:03 Project







Expected time to complete

1 year part-time

Maximum time to complete

3 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 years


Course progression

Students must be enrolled in TM5516 Biostatistics for Public Health before enrolling in the remaining three subjects. Students must have completed or be currently enrolled in TM5516, TM5526 and TM5529 before enrolling in TM5527.

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment


Professional accreditation


Maximum allowed Pass
Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for
final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Not eligible

Maximum allowed

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Other restrictions

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Exit with lesser award

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Course articulation

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Special Awards

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This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.