Nursing: Social Determinants of Health for Health Care Professionals

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About this Course

The purpose of this course is to identify the categories of social determinants of health (SDOH) for healthcare professionals, explain the differences and relationships between social determinants and behavioral factors and the possible effects on health, review population health and population management, and discuss the effect of COVID-19 on the SDOH.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, the learner should be able to do the following:
  • Name the five categories of health determinants
  • Recognize the difference between various health determinants, including genetics, health behaviors, social and environmental factors, and healthcare.
  • Identify ways social and economic factors affect health behaviors and health outcomes.
  • Explain why it is important to understand the effect of social determinants on the health of individuals.
  • Discuss methods to integrate social care into healthcare. 

About the Author
Melinda Barret, PhD, RN

Melinda Barret, PhD, RN, has over 30 years of professional nursing experience, working primarily in public and community health settings, including home, school, and occupational health. She currently teaches public health nursing to undergraduate BSN students and continues to practice as a certified school nurse and in occupational health settings. 

About the Reviewer
Allison Saran, RN, CNM, WHNP-BC

Allison Saran, RN, CNM, WHNP-BC, is a nurse midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner in Columbia, South Carolina. She received her undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and graduated from Yale School of Nursing.  She currently enjoys taking care of women from menarche to menopause with full-scope midwifery and women’s healthcare. Her professional interests include autoimmune disease in pregnancy, contraceptive education access, and family planning counseling.

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