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The World Health Organization defines “health” as the complete physical, mental, and social well being. Given this definition, one has to realize how many factors affect our complete health ranging from the obvious to the not-so-obvious. Social Determinants of Health are the conditions in which people are born, live, grow, and work in. The environment in which one is placed in has a great effect on a person’s health, whether that be in a physical, mental, or social sense. When talking about health and health care there are more than a few different spheres to view from. While on a more medical aspect one will consider diseases, cures, technologies, and further research it is important to view health from a public health standpoint as well. Public health will focus more on policies and prevention for a whole population rather than just one individual. While different, the two complement each other and promote the health of people; however, many question and argue what should be counted in the World Health Organization’s definition of “health” for the definition they propose seems to capsulate so much that it is almost impossible to fulfill. To provide everyone in the world with that kind of fulfillment and health would correctly
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2010 for the course PHL 453 taught by Professor Gifford during the Spring '10 term at Michigan State University.

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