• Offered by School of Medicine and Psychology
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Health Science
  • Areas of interest Policy Studies, Medicine, Public Health, Health
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Andrew Mathieson
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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In 2023, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.

This course will provide students with an understanding of the concept of a health system. The World Health Organisation model will be outlined and examined. The Australian health care system will be used as a case study to highlight student understandings of health systems. 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 an introduction to patient journeys within the Australian health system and the issues related to successful navigation of health systems. Students will also be introduced to comparative health systems analysis.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

Indicative Assessment

  1. Tutorial assessments (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]
  2. Essay: 2,500 words (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,7]
  3. Exam (35) [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.
  • Approximately 94 hours of self-study which will include preparation for seminars, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

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 prescribed weekly readings.

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.

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 $6540
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
2925 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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