long-range planning

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An essential activity of any complex organization, this is planning with a time horizon extending beyond the immediate budgetary period, usually for 5 years or more or, in more farsighted organization, for 10, 15, 20, or 25 years into the future. Long-range planning in public health takes account of variables such as demographic projections, in both the population served and the staff serving them, economic forecasts, and predictable trends in social and economic development. It may be unrealistic and infeasible to plan further ahead than 25 years, but longer periods may be justifiable when considering issues of sustainable environments.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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