Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy & International Affairs

Short Course in Health Economics and Finance


  • Option A (for credit eligibility): 8 half-days plus assessments*
  • Option B (not for credit): 8 half-days

*N.B. Assessements may need to be completed in own time during and after completion of the course.

Delivery Mode:

  • Internal (face-to-face workshops including lectures and tutorials at Murdoch University, South Street Campus, Perth, Western Australia)
  • External (fully online)


  • Workshop 1: 8.30am - 12.30pm on Thursday 12th August 2020
  • Workshop 2: 8.30am - 12.30pm on Thursday 20th August 2020
  • Workshop 3: 8.30am - 12.30pm on Thursday 3rd September 2020
  • Workshop 4: 8.30am - 12.30pm on Thursday 10th September 2020
  • Workshop 5: 8.30am - 12.30pm on Thursday 17th September 2020
  • Workshop 6: 8.30am - 12.30pm on Thursday 24th September 2020
  • Workshop 7: 8.30am - 12.30pm on Thursday 8th October 2020
  • Workshop 8: 8.30am - 12.30pm on Thursday15th October 2020

Course Description

This short course introduces students to key conceptual frameworks and principles of health systems, health economics and health care financing.

Consisting of eight half-day workshops, you will learn how the Australian and international heath care systems are financed and funded, the core theories of supply and demand in health care, major drivers of health care expenditure growth, the organisation of health care providers’ industry and health financing models and health economics evaluation: costminimisation, cost-effectiveness, cost-utility and cost-benefit analysis.

You will also learn the economics of Australian and international health care systems design and regulatory frameworks and the key elements of health care markets.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the economic complexities of health systems and health care relevant for health policy and management.
  • Understand the key economic trade-offs implied in different health care allocation problems, its implications and the way different health systems address these fundamental trade-offs.
  • Understand the economic reasons behind trends in health care system development.
  • Apply economic tools to concrete health economics issues that arise in the work place.
  • Link different policy recommendations to specific types of market failure.


Workshop Date Time
Workshop 1: Microeconomics tools and health economics Thursday 12th August 2020 8.30am - 12.30pm
Workshop 2: Demand for health care services Thursday 20th August 2020 8.30am - 12.30pm
Workshop 3: Supply of health care services Thursday 3rd September 2020 8.30am - 12.30pm
Workshp 4: Health care financing and insurance markets Thursday 10th September 2020 8.30am - 12.30pm
Workshop 5: Socioeconomic disparities and inefficiency in health care Thursday 17th September 2020 8.30am - 12.30pm
Workshop 6: Impacts of globalisation on health care systems Thursday 24th September 2020 8.30am - 12.30pm
Workshop 7: Economic evaluation of health care Thursday 8th October 2020 8.30am - 12.30pm
Workshop 8: Market failure in health care Thursday15th October 2020 8.30am - 12.30pm

Enrolment Options

Option A: For credit eligibility: $2,970
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be granted three credit points. Participants may use these credits towards eligible postgraduate programs (i.e. Graduate Certificate in Health Administration, Policy and Leadership; Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership; Master of Business Administration; Master of Business Administration Professional Practice; Master of Public Policy and Management; Master of International Affairs and Security; Master of Development Studies) .
Please email our Course Coordinator and ask to enrol in the Short Course in Health Economics and Finance for credit eligibility (course code: SSWM518).

Option B: Not for credit: $2,520
Students seeking to participate to the workshops on a non-credit basis will not need to complete the assessments. Students completing the course will receive a certificate of participation.
Please email our Course Coordinator and ask to enrol in the Short Course in Health Economics and Finance not for-credit (course code: NSWM518).

Group enrolments:

Discounts may apply to groups of at least 5 people. Please contact us to receive the groups’ rates.

Contact Details

Associate Professor Khurshid Alam (Course Coodinator)

Current fees and course information correct at time of publishing, July 2020. These are subject to amendment without notice.