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Health Administration, Career in


Public health departments range in size from agencies with a few part-time employees to those with more than a thousand full-time employees. In every department, administrators carry responsibility for services related to personnel and program management. In most departments, full-time administrators have ultimate responsibility for payment of staff, tracking use of sick leave and vacation time, evaluating staff performance, enforcing personnel policies, preparing and managing budgets, developing contracts, ordering supplies and equipment, filing reports for funders and governing bodies, and so on. Some of these responsibilities may be shared with program managers and supervisors.

C. William Keck

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