Enhancing Public Health System Financial Performance Through Changes in MPH Program Content
Authors: Gapenski, Louis C.; Morris, Michael E.; Honoré, Peggy A.
Source: Journal of Health Administration Education, Volume 29, Number 1, Winter 2012 , pp. 5-20(16)
Abstract:This study finds that current finance education in MPH programs does not provide students with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to meet the finance competencies required of public health managers. This educational shortfall occurs for two reasons. First, most public health students are not required to take a single finance course. Second, the courses that are taken, typically by management concentration students, fail to provide content specifically related to identified public health competencies. To correct these deficiencies, we recommend that, at a minimum, all MPH students take one finance course and management concentration students take two finance courses. Equally important, the finance courses offered in MPH programs should be specific to public health, as opposed to more generic courses offered as part of other programs. We recognize that resource limitations at academic institutions create impediments to the creation and teaching of dedicated public health finance courses. Still, the best way to ensure both the advancement of public health finance as a field of study and the appropriate education of future public health managers is to begin the process in formal academic programs.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2012-12-01
- The Journal of Health Administration Education (JHAE) is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal which chronicles research, case studies, and essays by leading health administration educators and professionals.
The Journal addresses key policy issues in health administration management nationally and internationally and is the foremost authoritative guide on the latest academic and professional developments in the field.
As one of the only professional publications in the field, the Journal sets a standard in health administration education research.
- Information for Authors
- Submit a Paper
- Subscribe to this Title
- Membership Information
- ingentaconnect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites