Determinants of Health (graded)
What are some factors that make some people 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 as “a range of personal, social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health status” (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.
- Go to the “Determinants of Health” link at http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/about/foundation-health-measures/Determinants-of-Health and click on each determinant to read about them.
- Choose one of the five determinants. In your post, describe this determinant and its importance.
- Discuss how 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. (2016).
Healthy People 2020: About Determinants of Health. Retrieved from
It is essential that nurses look beyond the individual and family to view health from a population perspective in order to promote optimal health. Many factors can influence health, so it is important for nurses to understand the determinants of health in populations. Examine these determinants and choose one to describe, discussing its importance and relationship to the Public Health Intervention Wheel in your post. Your insights will make a great discussion!