Characteristics of health management courses in Brazil

ABSTRACT This article's objective was to discuss the characteristics of health management training offered in Brazil, from its historical origin and the supply of courses. The study involved mapping the country's health management courses at different levels of training, identified on institutional sites. The courses display a wide diversity in their nomenclature and other aspects. Facing the challenge of managing the Unified Health System (SUS) relates to the initiatives for training its administrators. The focus on the hospital area in undergraduate training and in specialization courses, predominantly in the private sector, may be a limitation for the intended model of care in the SUS.