Key tasks in healthcare marketing: assessing importance and current level of knowledge

J Health Hum Serv Adm. Spring 2005;27(4):414-27.


When examining the healthcare industry, the need for continuing education in internal functions (i.e., HR management) has been documented. However, equally important to success in the healthcare industry are external functions such as marketing. In an expansion of research on internally focused functions, we report findings from an exploratory study designed to examine the perceptions of executives about managerial skill needs in the externally focused area of marketing. Specifically, we examine eight key tasks in marketing and ask executives to rate the level of knowledge required for each and then to assess current, or actual, levels of knowledge in the field. Findings suggest that pricing strategy, product strategy, and segmentation and targeting were the tasks that require the most knowledge for healthcare marketers, and that they do, in fact, perceive various gaps in all of the areas examined. Implications and suggestions for future research are provided.

MeSH terms

  • Education, Continuing
  • Health Care Sector / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Knowledge*
  • Marketing of Health Services / economics
  • Marketing of Health Services / methods*