Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to participate competently in the development, implementation and analysis of health policy at a level appropriate to a generalist public health practitioner. Students will: analyse the impact of the major state, national and international institutions, and arrangements on health policy making; locate the factors in the contemporary public policy environment and political landscape which influence health policy making; demonstrate familiarity with the arguments and the politics associated with major contemporary health policy issues; demonstrate competence in policy analysis, policy development and policy advocacy skills needed to achieve public health objectives.

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorEvelyne de Leeuw

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Classes are held at the City Campus. Subject is required for Master of Public Health current students. Offered subject to sufficient enrolment numbers.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsHealth care and public policy: an Australian analysis.PrescribedPalmer, G., and Short, S.4TH EDN, MACMILLAN, MELBOURNE, 2010.
ReadingsMaking health policy.PrescribedBuse, K., Mays, N.,Walt, G.OPEN UNIVERSITY PRESS, MAIDENHEAD, 2005.
ReadingsHealth policy in Australia.RecommendedGardner, H., Barraclough, S.2ND EDN, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, MELBOURNE, 2002.
ReadingsThe Australian health care system.RecommendedDuckett, S.2ND EDN, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, MELBOURNE, 2004.

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Start date between: and    Key dates

City, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorEvelyne de Leeuw

Class requirements

Eight 1.0 hours lecture per study period and delivered via online.

One 1.0 hours tutorial per study period and delivered via face-to-face.
"Review session"

Eight 1.5 hours tutorial per study period and delivered via online.

Eight 2.0 hours workshop per study period and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments%
one 2,000-word major policy project final report40
one group project exercise and presentation (equivalent to 1,000 words each)20
two 600-word policy analyses40