• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Health Science
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Public Health, Health
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Andrew Mathieson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

This course will provide students with an introduction to several health systems, various health policies, the concept of health stewardship and provide an opportunity to carry out a rudimentary analysis of health policy. The World Health Organisation model will be outlined and examined. The Australian health care system will be used as a case study to improve student understandings of health systems, health policy, policy analysis and health stewardship. This will include examination of the structures and layers of the health system, funding arrangements, workforce issues, regulatory/governance arrangements in areas such as therapeutic goods and the policy process. A key component of the course will be the issues related to successful navigation of health policy as it frames the health system. Students will also be introduced to comparative health systems and health policy analysis.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Define the key characteristics of a health system, health policy and health stewardship and apply this knowledge to the Australian health system;
  2. Identify and describe the roles of different levels of government in the Australian health care system;
  3. Explain different models and mechanisms of governance and financing in Australia and apply that knowledge in examining other health systems;
  4. Describe various forms of heath service delivery and critically examine their potential impact on the experiences of patients, families and health care providers;
  5. Identify key actors in health policy making and apply this knowledge to critical examination of health policy development and implementation;
  6. Identify, outline and explain the key models of health policy analysis and apply them appropriately to different scenarios;
  7. Critically assess health workforce regulation distribution and production in Australia and apply that knowledge to other health systems.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial assessments (40) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  2. Critical analysis assignment (1000 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  3. Critical reflection on an element of Australian health policy or health system: 500 words (15) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  4. Innovatively communicate a health policy analysis 'product' (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 3 hour seminar per week in small group sessions (approx. 20 per session)
  • Approximately 94 hours of self-study, which will include preparation for seminars, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

No specific inherent requirements have been identified for this course.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 24 units towards a degree.

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed texts. Check WATTLE for weekly readings.

Preliminary Reading

Weekly readings are included on WATTLE

Assumed Knowledge

HLTH1001 and HLTH1002


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.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6720
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
2688 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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