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Public Health Finance: A Conceptual Framework

Moulton, Anthony D. PhD; Halverson, Paul K. DrPH, FACHE; Honoré, Peggy A. DHA, MHA; Berkowitz, Bobbie PhD, RN, CNAA, FAAN

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: September-October 2004 - Volume 10 - Issue 5 - p 377–382
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In attempt to stimulate development of public health finance as a field of practice, policy, and scholarship, this article proposes a working definition of the term “public health finance,” embeds it in the context of the maturing literature on the public health system and its infrastructure, and proposes a four-part typology that spans both public-sector and private-sector contributions to the financing of prevention and health promotion. A developmental strategy for the field—in applied research, training and education, and performance standards—is outlined as well.

This article presents a conceptual framework for the underdeveloped field of public health finance for use by practitioners, policy makers, educators, trainers, and researchers.

Co-Director, Public Health Law Program, Office of Public Health Improvement, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia. (Moulton)

Director, Division of Public Health Systems Development and Research, Public Health Practice Program Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia. (Halverson)

Director, Office of Health, Mississippi State Department of Health, Jackson; an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston; and Visiting Scholar, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. (Honoré)

Director, Turning Point National Program Office, Seattle, Washington. (Berkowitz)

Corresponding author: Anthony D. Moulton, PhD, Public Health Law Program, Public Health Practice Program Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway, MS K-36, Atlanta, GA 30341 (e-mail: adm6@cdc.gov).

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.