• Offered by Nat Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Population Health
  • Areas of interest Population Studies, Public Health, Health
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Jinhu Li
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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This course is offered in two modes: online and in person. Please select the correct class number for the relevant mode of delivery when enrolling.

This course provides an introduction to health services research, health care systems, policy formulation and analysis. The overall aim of this course is to enable you to understand the principles of health services research and policy, including the frameworks for formulating and assessing health policy. The course aims to provide you with a broad overview of the structure and components of contemporary healthcare systems, methods and mechanisms in health services research and policy how they function. This includes equipping you with the capacities to draw on material from a wide range of sources.. The course syllabus will include:

·      Introduction to health care systems

·      Health services, goals and research

·      Health policy formulation, analysis and implementation

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Describe the major components of the Australian health system and compare these with other countries.
  2. Describe Australia’s primary health care system and distinguish this from secondary and tertiary health care. Understand the structures that underpin the delivery of health care in Australia
  3. Understand the principles underpinning the evaluation of health services structure, process and outcomes, including some approaches to health services research and health system reform
  4. Understand the concept of policy making, involvement of potential stakeholders and their contributions to and influence on policy formulation
  5. Understand policy making on complex problems and challenges in policy implementation in health sector
  6. Systematically analyse health policy and develop alternative health policy reform proposals

Indicative Assessment

  1. Analysis of health care systems (presentation) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  2. Online Q&A (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. Online forum (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  4. Policy essay (40) [LO 4,5,6]

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This course can be taken either fully online, or in person. The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester, which will include:

On-line delivery: Approximately 130 hours of self directed study which will include listening/viewing the online lectures and materials, engagement in and contribution to the online discussion forms and other assessment tasks.

In person delivery: Face-to-face component which may consist of 1 x 1 hour lecture plus 1 x 3 hour lectorial per week; 96 hours of self directed study.

It is expected that student will spend approximately 10h per week (inclusive of class time) on study related to this subject over the semester

Inherent Requirements

No specific inherent requirements have been identified for this course.

Prescribed Texts

Required readings and resources will be identified for each session and listed (or uploaded) on Wattle throughout the course.

Assumed Knowledge

None required


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $4320
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $6180
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3219 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View
2873 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 Online View

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