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Research guide for health care administration, reform & management.


Hello! Welcome to the health care administration research guide at Muntz Library.

This guide is designed to inform you about resources for your studies in all aspects of health care administration.

Please be aware that some links in this guide will link out to other Research guides, databases, and other Internet sources in new browser tabs.

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Quick Guide Rundown

Here is some of what you'll find in this guide:

Databases - How to search for articles, Access to databases, List of best journals 

Books - How to search for books, How to use ebooks

Web Resources - Lists of websites, How to evaluate websites

Statistics & Research Methods - Access to data and research sources, Quantitative vs. qualitative research

Additional Resources - APA guide, How to use interlibrary loan

For Faculty - Library services for faculty

What is health care administration?

Simply defined, health care administration is the professional field of managing a variety of health and medical systems. These systems may consist of individual for-profit and non-profit establishments such as hospitals, clinics, mental health facilities, pharmaceutical companies, and other medical-clinical-research environments, including entire networks within which these establishments are a part. For example, administrators might manage a single department within a hospital, manage an entire hospital, or oversee an entire network of hospitals.

Other areas that administrators may manage can include entire public health and health care systems. Level of management may be at local, state, or national levels. Administrators may work for private or public sectors and may hold positions at governmental and non-governmental agencies.

Health care administrators must be excellent managers; they must be leaders who can oversee entire departments, facilities, and/or networks. Often, the duties of an administrator will include fluent knowledge of and ability to apply principles of accounting, budgeting, economics, finance, human resources, marketing, organization, policy analysis, strategic planning, technology, and more. Administrators must anticipate and plan for change and implement a long-term vision for the workplace. They must be knowledgeable in organizational, informational, and systemic productive workflows.

You can read more about health care administrator duties, salaries, and job outlook here: Medical and Health Services Managers. This entry comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook for Management Occupations.

Need an appointment?

If you'd like to set up an appointment with me to talk about your assignments, send me an e-mail. Let me know what the assignment is about, what research you've done thus far, and any other related information.

I will be glad to help you with using the databases, looking for books, brainstorming ideas, citing sources, and related tasks. However, I can't help you write your paper, do your statistics, or complete any of your homework assignments.

For writing help, you can contact the Writing Center. For statistics tutoring, you can contact the Department of Mathematics.

Remember, any of the Reference staff at our library can assist you with the basics of research help, but if you need assistance with psychology specifically, please feel free to let me know!