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This guide provides resources for students to understand and complete the requirements of the course, including participation in the class blog, the community assessment paper and the aggregate (scholarly) paper.
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Section I: Population and Vital Statistics

"The determinants of health under biology and genetics include data that are individual/family focused or population focused. The public health nurse gathers the information on the individual and family as a client using whatever health assessment tool he or she uses in the particular academic or clinical setting. Pertaining to the population aggregate, data such as age, race, and gender would be considered important to gather."

Truglio-Londrigan, M., & Lewenson, S. (2011). Public health nursing: Practicing population-based care.
Sudbury, Mass: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

a. Populations


Section II: Social Determinants of Health

"Social factors, the next determinant of health to be considered, include social determinants of health and physical determinants or conditions in the environment. Social factors that the public health nurse assess include the client's interactions and connections with family, friends, and others in their community."

Truglio-Londrigan, M., & Lewenson, S. (2011). Public health nursing: Practicing population-based care.
Sudbury, Mass: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

a. Economic Stability

b. Education

c. Social and Community Context

d. Health and Health Care

e. Neighborhood and Built Environment

Social Determinants of Health model from


Section III: Physical Determinants of Health

"The public health nurse must assess the physical environment at large."

Truglio-Londrigan, M., & Lewenson, S. (2011). Public health nursing: Practicing population-based care.
Sudbury, Mass: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

a. Physical Determinants

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