Assignment: Determinants Of Health
Assignment: Determinants Of Health
What makes some healthy and others ill? Healthy People 2020 identifies five Determinants of Health that influence the health of individuals and populations. Healthy People 2020 describes them this way as “a range of personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health status are known as determinants of health” (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2014, About Determinants of Health, para 1.
Determinants fall into five categories, including: a) policy making, b) social factors, c) health services, d) individual behavior, and e) biology and genetics.
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- repeating another’s sentences as your own,
- adopting a particularly apt phrase as your own,
- paraphrasing someone else’s argument as your own,
- presenting someone else’s line of thinking in the development of a thesis as though it were your own.
In short, to plagiarize is to give the impression that you have written or thought something that you have in fact borrowed from another.
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- Go to the “Determinants of Health” link and click on each determinant to read about all of the determinants.
- Choose one of the five determinants. In your posting, describe this determinant and its importance.
- Discuss how this this determinant relates to one intervention from the Public Health Intervention Wheel (Nies & McEwen, 2015, pp. 14–15).
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2014) Healthy People 2020: About Determinants of Health. Retrieved from
reference:Nies, M. A., & McEwen, M. (2015). Community/Public health nursing: Promoting the health of populations (6th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Saunders/Elsevier.
- Chapter 1: Health: A Community View
- Chapter 2: Historical Factors: Community Health Nursing in Context
- Chapter 3: Thinking Upstream: Nursing Theories and Population-Focused Nursing Practice
- Chapter 4: Health Promotion and Risk Reduction
U. S. National Library of Medicine. (2012). Two centuries of health promotion: Images from the history of the Public Health Service. Retrieved from .