health administration

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Syn: health care administration, health services administration. The art, science, and techniques of administration and management as applied to health or hospital services. Health administration is concerned with human and material resource allocation, assessing and meeting needs for health care, evaluating outcomes of care, and appropriate application of relevant health-related disciplines, such as vital statistics, demography, sociology, and epidemiology. Health administrators may enter the field from professions such as medicine, nursing, accountancy, or business management, and in the past often had little or no formal training. Now it has become almost mandatory to possess professional training and a qualifying degree or diploma, usually graduate education to master's degree level in a university, school of public health, or college of applied technology.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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