PH/HA believes that public health and health administration are increasingly important areas in the current environment. Information, resources, technology, research and new challenges are expanding tremendously in health care and medicine.

The fields of public health and health administration are there to communicate relevant health information; account for health care priorities, policy and delivery; manage crises; and address major health concerns. All these activities are information intensive–that is, they rely heavily on systems of information access to support professional decision-making, practice and action.

PH/HA programs not only demonstrate the importance of public health informatics, but also point to its growing significance on an international and global scale.


The purposes of the PH/HA Section are:

  • to provide a forum for the exchange of information on public health, health administration and policy, health services research, and related issues;
  • to foster public health and health administration libraries;
  • to promote the educational, scientific, and professional growth of public health and health administration librarians and information specialists; and
  • to represent members’ interests within the Medical Library Association.