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Public Health Services and Systems Research: Current State of Finance Research

Ingram, Richard C. DrPH; Bernet, Patrick M. PhD; Costich, Julia F. JD, PhD

Journal of Public Health Management & Practice: November/December 2012 - Volume 18 - Issue 6 - p 515–519
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e31825fbb40
Original Articles

There is a growing recognition that the US public health system should strive for efficiency—that it should determine the optimal ways to utilize limited resources to improve and protect public health. The field of public health finance research is a critical part of efforts to understand the most efficient ways to use resources. This article discusses the current state of public health finance research through a review of public health finance literature, chronicles important lessons learned from public health finance research to date, discusses the challenges faced by those seeking to conduct financial research on the public health system, and discusses the role of public health finance research in relation to the broader endeavor of Public Health Services and Systems Research.

This article discusses the current state of public health finance research in the United States through a review of public health finance literature.

College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, Lexington (Drs Ingram and Costich); and School of Business, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton (Dr Bernet).

Correspondence: Richard C. Ingram, DrPH, College of Public Health, University of Kentucky, 111 Washington Ave, Lexington, KY 40536. E-mail: richard.ingram@uky.edu

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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