Health economics


Join the largest health economics team in Australia and acquire the analytical and quantitative skills to understand the complexities of healthcare financing. You’ll also receive specialist training in health policy and technology assessment.

Get work-ready

Form a strong theoretical foundation, plus analytical and quantitative skills, to understand the complexities of healthcare financing. You'll have the opportunity to get hands-on experience and gain valuable insider knowledge through our placement program. As a graduate, you'll be able to critically evaluate current research in economic policy and economic evaluation of health services, as well as participate effectively in health policy development and debate.


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, master’s 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.

Career opportunities

As a graduate, you'll have the opportunity to progress to a PhD at Deakin, and we'll offer you pathways to a career in academia. Or, you could find a rewarding career in areas like:

  • government and non-government organisations
  • consulting and insurance companies
  • international organisations such as WHO, OECD and the World Bank
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • community and tertiary healthcare advisory boards.

Graduate in demand with 250,300 new jobs by 2023

The healthcare and social assistance industry is the largest growing employment industry in Australia. It’s projected to grow by nearly 15% by May 2023 – that's 250,300 new jobs.*

Choosing the right course

If you're interested in a career in this discipline, Deakin can help get you 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 health postgraduate courses.

Browse the undergraduate offerings in some of our health sciences and allied health disciplines, or in business.

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 finance sectors.

Learn from industry leaders

The Master of Health Economics is designed and delivered by Deakin Health Economics, one of the largest academic groups of health economists in Australia.

Research that matters

If you're passionate about health economics, you can also complete a higher degree by research. Research can be undertaken through our research groups.

Deakin's health economics teaching and research staff are leaders in their field and represent one of the largest academic health economics cohort in Australia. The team offers research supervision in areas such as resource allocation and priority setting, and health economics of maternal and child health care, obesity, nutrition, mental health, diabetes and disability.

Learn more about researching with us

Deakin alumni – get a head start with your postgraduate fees

If you're a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees through our Deakin alumni postgraduate bursary. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply.

Learn more about Deakin's alumni postgraduate bursary

Who we work with

We partner with a range of federal and state government departments, national and international research institutes, universities and large national not-for-profit organisations. 

Some of our current collaborators include:

  • Cancer Council Victoria
  • Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention, Oxford University
  • The George Institute for Global Health
  • Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin
  • Movember Foundation
  • Orygen (the National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health)
  • Pacific Research Centre for the Prevention of Obesity and Non-Communicable Diseases (C-POND)
  • Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research, University of Queensland
  • School of Public Health, University of Queensland
  • Western Pacific Region, World Health Organization.


*Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, Australian Jobs 2019 report

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