Social Determinants of Health

Your Learning Resources this week challenge the traditional belief that increasing access to medical care will
improve health. In fact, much of this course will challenge the notion that medical care or primary prevention is
the answer that will solve the world’s population health problems. While prevention and health care do play a
role, they are not a “cure” for population health. The alternative way of perceiving population health introduced
in The Spirit Level and the course media contradicts these long-held beliefs.
As you focus your attention on the various determinants of health, think about how you can contribute to social
change, locally or even globally, to improve population health.
Post a brief explanation of how broader population-focused determinants, which influence health inequalities
and inequities, challenge the traditional approach for assessing population health. Then, explain your personal
reaction to the concept of considering population determinants to measure population health. Expand on your
insights utilizing the Learning Resources.
Wilkinson, R., & Pickett, K. (2010). The spirit level: Why greater equality makes societies stronger. New York,
NY: Bloomsbury Press.
“Notes on Graphs” (pp. xix–xxi)
Chapter 1, “The End of an Era” (pp. 3–14)
Chapter 2, “Poverty or Inequality?” (pp. 15–30)
Chapter 3, “How Inequality Gets Under the Skin” (pp. 31–45)

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