Health policy

Why study Health policy?

Our postgraduate courses are for students with an interest in health policy, those considering a career shift to a policy area or those whose work requires policy analysis skills and knowledge. The courses deal with the changing contexts of policy-making, and analyse current policy using a problem-oriented approach to strengthen your ability to  participate in policy making and policy advocacy. A background in the health system is useful but not essential for entry to our health policy courses.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Career opportunities

The courses allow specialisation for work in health policy development and analysis in public service departments, public health care agencies, international bodies and also in the commercial sector.


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Doctor of Philosophy

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo City Other

Start dates: AnytimeAnytime

Duration: 4 years full-time or equivalent part-time4 years

Doctor of Public Health (Professional Doctorate)

Location: Melbourne

Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 3 years full-time (4 years maximum) or part-time equivalent3 years full-time (4 years maximum)

Master of Applied Science

Location: Melbourne Albury-Wodonga Bendigo Shepparton

Start dates: See additional informationSemester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 2 years full-time, or the equivalent part-time2 years

Master of Health Sciences

Location: City

Start dates: Semester 1 (March)Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)

Duration: 2 years2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.

Master of Public Health

Location: City

Start dates: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)Semester 1 (March)


2 years full-time or 3-5 years part-time

2 years

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Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

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