Factors That Influence Health: An Introduction

Course Level 2: Intermediate

Estimated Study Time: 5 hours

What factors influence our health? A lot of attention is focused on people’s behavior – their decisions to smoke, drink, over-eat and so on – with strong messages about the changes needed to become healthier. But people’s behavior is influenced by circumstances and events, friends and family, education, job prospects, income, housing and environment. In this course we look at how these factors, these wider social determinants, work together to influence our health for good or ill.

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