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
Go to the “Determinants of Health” link at
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