What Is Health Essay

1491 Words May 12th, 2014 6 Pages
Kewanna Hill
HCM 620
Policy Making


Health is said to be universally important. The word health has been defined differently by many. The first of many definition was given by WHO better known as (World Health Organization), they defined health as the “Complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (WH0, 1948). There are several more, just to name a few, Bircher, 2005, said that health is “the dynamic state of well-being characterized by a physical and mental potential. The second and last definition was given by Saracci Radolfol in 1997 defined health as “a condition of well-being, free of disease or infirmity, and a base universe and human rights.” Health seems to be
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There is one example of a society conceptualizing a society and it is dealing with the United States changing styles, and with this comes a different definition of health (http://www.wma.net). And this being said the finding shows that the primary focus is the relationship between doctor and the patient that gets away from patriarchal model and moves towards group model.
What are the determinants of health in humans?
Once health has been giving a definition, then the perception of health then has to be operationalized, in what is called determinant, and determinant are what society consider to be a risk to one’s health. For human determinant is considered to be the physical environment in which people live and work, people behaviors, their biology which is genetic makeup, family history, and acquired physical and mental health problems), Social factors(including economic condition; socioeconomic position; income distribution; discrimination based on such factors as race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation; and the availability of social network or Social support), and their access to health services(Longest, 2010). Below is also a list of human determinant given by the Healthy People 2010, and they were adapted from the U.S. Department and Human Services 2000. * Biology- this refers to a human genetic makeup, (where he or she is born), family history (risk for disease) Physical and mental health problems acquired

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