Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Michael R. Burroughs

Second Advisor

Nancy Klepper

Third Advisor

Arlene Taich


The infant mortality statistics in any country reflect the social and economic well-being of its citizens. In the United States the infant mortality rate is regarded as a key indicator of the level of health of the population and by implication, as a measure of the effectiveness of the nation's health delivery system. Further , it is believed by some that infant mortality is the single most important public health problem in this country.

The effect on the infant mortality rate as related to the closing of the only acute care public hospital in an economically depressed community is observed . Statistical analysis of the data available to this study indicate that the closing of this hospital had little or no effect on the infant mortality rate of the service area of this hospital for the time period under observation.