Health management and economics


Take your health career to the next level. Equip yourself with the leadership and analytical knowledge required of high-level health management professionals. Develop an understanding of health administration, strategy and finance, and use your expertise to inform policy and improve service delivery.

Explore your study options

Graduate from the School of Health and Social Development ranked in the top 1% worldwide for public health.* Learn how to make evidence-based decisions to improve health service delivery and critically evaluate financial strategies. Align your study options with your career aspirations and interest areas so you can excel in your chosen field.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Choose a degree that will get you work ready

Advance your career by developing in-demand skills and learning from leading academics.

Graduate in demand

The unique combination of units from public health, economics, management and business administration will help develop your leadership and analytical skills in health. These skills are relevant for hospitals through to disability services and will give you an edge over your peers.

Learn from industry leaders

Our postgraduate health economics courses are designed and delivered by our Institute for Health Transformation’s Health Economics group – one of the largest academic groups of health economists in Australia.

How to choose the right course for you

If you're interested in a career in health management and economics, Deakin can help you get there.

Are you new to this area of study?

If you haven't previously completed an undergraduate degree, you'll need to complete an undergraduate course before moving on to our specialised postgraduate courses. Browse the undergraduate offerings in some of our other health and community services or nursing and midwifery disciplines.

Are you working or studying in this area?

If you've completed an undergraduate course in any area, Deakin's postgraduate options in health will help you reach your career goals, especially if you have work experience in the health or business sectors.

Professional recognition

As a health management or health economics graduate, you may be eligible for professional recognition. This can provide access to networking opportunities and enhance your career prospects. Depending on your course, you may be able to apply for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australasian College of Health Service Management
  • Australian Health Economics Society
  • Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • International Health Economics Association.

Top 1% worldwide for public health

Get a world-class education – we're renowned for our facilities, strong employment outcomes and teaching excellence. Graduate ready to improve health service delivery.

This course helped my career as I now have a relevant and practical degree, which is sought after in the healthcare industry.

Louisa Whitwam

Master of Health and Human Services Management

Top professional roles in health management and economics

The healthcare and social assistance industry is the largest growing employment sector in Australia. It’s projected to grow by nearly 16% by November 2026 with 301,000 new jobs created.^ Our health management and health economics courses are offered online, so you can study anywhere at any time. Open the door to diverse career opportunities, such as:

  • consulting and insurance companies
  • government departments and agencies
  • hospitals and primary healthcare services
  • non-government and international organisations
  • pharmaceutical industry
  • welfare organisations.

World-class teaching experiences

Be ready to meet the high demand for healthcare and social assistance roles. At Deakin, you’ll gain the confidence and skills to inform policy and improve service delivery.

Expand your horizons

Connect with the world through faculty-led programs, short-term study programs, international internships and volunteering. If you’re looking for a more immersive experience, you can also take part in our exchange programs. This offers the opportunity to combine study and cultural immersion while gaining credit towards your degree.

Leading research

Research at Deakin is making a difference across the health spectrum and feeds directly into the development of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Choose to complete a higher degree by research, which can be undertaken through our research groups. You'll further your research abilities and become an indispensable expert in your field.


*ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2023
^National Skills Commission employment projections 2021
Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of sources.

Contact us

Got a question about our health management and economics courses? Our expert advisers are available to speak to you about your study options and how we can help you further your career.

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