Health Policy

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

With advances in technology, increasing life expectancy and the prevalence of age-related illnesses adding to the complexity of the national and global healthcare landscape, health policy has become one of the defining issues of our time.

This online postgraduate unit in Health Policy from Open Universities Australia and Curtin University offers you the opportunity to examine policy processes in relation to the crucial issue of public health. These include addresses the health needs of a changing population, inequalities in healthcare access, social determinants of health, and how healthcare systems are organised and financed.

The unit is suitable for postgraduate students who wish to develop their knowledge of health policies for either career advancement or further academic study into the field of public health. You will learn how to describe policy processes in relation to healthcare, compare and contrast key issues, study and critique different approaches and construct health policy evaluations.

Eligibility

There are no prerequisites for this unit, so anyone can apply.

Areas of study

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

  • Health, society and the role of government
  • The policy process and the policy cycle
  • Identifying issues for policy
  • Health policy design
  • Health policy implementation
  • Healthcare as a system
  • The Australian healthcare system
  • Globalisation and healthcare systems
  • Privatisation, politics
  • Power and professionalism
  • Development and aid and equity in healthcare

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
  • Graduate Certificate in Public Health, Curtin University
  • Graduate Diploma in Public Health, Curtin University
  • Master of Public Health, Curtin University

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

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  • 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. Want more information about this unit? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit will give you an opportunity to acquire a detailed practical and theoretical understanding of health policy, enabling you to carry out independent studies and broaden your knowledge base of policy development and implementation processes.

You will learn how to construct health policy evaluations, describe policy processes and apply them authoritatively. You will also have an opportunity to explore the challenges affecting different regions, demographics and countries, and consider ways to develop alternative health policies in response to such issues.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Health Policy 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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