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Public Health Administration


Public Health Administrators is an area of administration which emphasis on health promotions and disease prevention. The job profile relates to management, leadership and administration of hospitals, health care & public health systems. They work with hospitals, government organizations and even not-for-profit organizations. There is an increase in the health awareness which has resulted extending medical support to every section of the society. This has led to the increase in opportunities in this career.

Career Opportunities in Public Health Administration

  • Health Insurance Specialist
    These specialists work with medical records, coding and billing professionals, and insurance companies. They ensure that benefits are properly applied. They also work with insurance companies in order to develop new plans.
  • Social and Community Service Managers
    They work with other healthcare professionals, social workers, community organizers etc. They coordinate and create programs for the betterment of communities, families and individuals.
  • Practice Manager
    They manage healthcare practices, including large medical groups and physician organizations.
  • Human Resource Manager
    They manage plan and also direct and coordinate the administrative functions of an organization. Some of the work includes recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of new staff. They also consult with top executives on strategic planning. They serve as an important link between the management and various employees.
  • Training and Development Managers
    They plan, direct, and coordinate programs in order to enhance the knowledge and skills of the organization's employees.
  • Administrative Services Managers
    They help organizations and companies to operate successfully. They plan a variety of services which may include coordinating and centralizing the operations of several departments. Their job profile includes combining distribution, information and mail services.

How to Pursue a Career in Public Health Administration

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
Path 1
Clear Class XII with Science Stream with BiologyPursue Bachelor's degree such as Bachelors in Public Health, MBBS, BDS, BHMS, BAMS, BUMS, BPT, B.Pharm, B.Sc. in any allied health sciences for 3-4 yearsPursue Masters in Public Health (MPHMasters in Philosophy (M.Phil) for 2 years/Pursue Ph.D. in Philosophy / Public Health for 3-4 years
Path 2
Clear Class XII with Science Stream with BiologyPursue Bachelor's degree such as Bachelors in Public Health, MBBS, BDS, BHMS, BAMS, BUMS, BPT, B.Pharm, B.Sc. in any allied health sciences for 3-4 yearsPursue Diploma/Post Graduation Diploma in Public Health Management (PGDPHM) for 1-2 years-

Important Facts

  • Most college have eligibility criteria of minimum 50% aggregate marks in Class XII / and some of minimum 60%.
  • Must have passed class 12th or senior secondary examination with at least 50% marks including English.
  • Some colleges/ universities also have an age limit (17 at 31st December of the year of admission).
  • In some universities, you can also apply after a post-graduation in Social Science.

Leading Institutes

Top Public Health Administration Institutes in India
College Location Website
India Institute of Public Health Multiple Locations www.phfi.org
Padmashree School of Public Health Karnataka www.padmashree.org/colleges/padmashree-school-of-public-health
School of Allied Health Sciences Manipal www.manipal.edu/soahs-manipal.html
Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute Kelambakkam, Chennai www.chettinadhealthcity.com/university/medicalcollege_univ.htm
National Institute of Health and Family Welfare New Delhi www.nihfw.org/PGDiplomaPublicHealth.aspx
Indian Institute of Health Management Research New Delhi www.iihmr.org
Tata Institute of Social Sciences Multiple Locations www.tiss.edu
All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health Kolkata www.aiihph.gov.in/?page_id=132
Top Public Health Administration Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
University of Minnesota USA www.sph.umn.edu/academics/programs/mha
Texas State University USA www.txstate.edu
Salve Regina University Rhode Island www.salve.edu
University of Liverpool Espanol www.liverpool.ac.uk
London Metropolitan University England www.londonmet.ac.uk
University of Roehampton England www.roehampton.ac.uk/home
University of Melbourne Australia www.unimelb.edu.au
University of Queensland Technology Australia www.uq.edu.au/?gclid=CP2t547D7c4CFdcSaAodCLQC0w

Work Description

  • Promote good health care and hygiene among general public
  • Develop policies to help people gain health facilities
  • Reach out to people, even to those who are in the most remote areas
  • Supervise the structure of the coursework
  • Work in accordance with suggestions of various doctors, hospitals and healthcare centers
  • Hire and train people to implement the programmes
  • Correspond with people with effective language and personality
  • Manage the finances and the organisation
  • Perform keeping in mind the ethical code of conduct

Pros & Cons of a Career in Public Health Administration

  • Choice of working area: They have plenty of choices. They can choose to work according to their preference e.g. Medical settings, and public health departments etc.
  • Upcoming area: It is an upcoming area with growing demand.
  • Rewarding and Important Role. They manage the public health settings which are important to the future of the practice and are often made with the patients' needs in mind.
  • Many Responsibilities: They are expected to manage and handle multiple areas such as administration, budgeting, research, medical practitioners, etc.
  • High Education Requirement: Most employees prefer at least masters' due to the complex nature of the job.
  • High Pressure: It is a very challenging job. As they manage the important task of the health care setting, any mistakes decisions could impact the organisation.
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