Health Economics

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Curtin University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

The online Health Economics unit, provided by Curtin University and Open Universities Australia, allows you to appreciate the major factors and theories that shape the Australia health care system. The unit analyses the role played by local and national government, the manner in which financing is organised and the key theories that drive the country’s health care system.

By providing you an overview of the various factors that shape the system, the unit also examines what the future could hold for health care in general. By examining new technologies and the impact of modern day techniques, the unit gives you the perfect balance of current and future issues and factors around health economics.

The unit examines other key issues such as providing equitable health care in developed and developing countries, health care on an international basis and the economic practices used in the healthcare system.

Eligibility

To enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate in Health Industry Management
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Industry Management
  • Master of Health Industry Management
  • MBA (Executive)
  • Master of Public Health

Areas of study

In this Health Economics unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Health economics
  • Introduction and overview
  • Macroeconomics and market failure in health care
  • Microeconomics and market failure in health care
  • Options for health sector funding
  • Economic evaluation of health care
  • Purchasing health care
  • Methods of payment to medical care providers
  • Provider planning and costing
  • Contracting
  • Option appraisal and the private sector

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate in Health Industry Management, Curtin University
  • Graduate Diploma in Health Industry Management, Curtin University
  • Master of Health Industry Management, Curtin University

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

  • Master of Public Health, Curtin University

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

  • MBA (Executive), RMIT University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit is highly beneficial to those wishing to enter the health care system or work in care. By providing you with an understanding of the key issues, factors and influences in regards to the economics of the health care system, this unit could increase your employability across areas such as public health promotion, policy development, administration and research. The unit could also lead to a career in local or national government.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Health Economics from Curtin University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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