Describe the connections between epidemiology and population health.

Describe the connections between epidemiology and population health.

What is the difference between epidemiology and population health and what is the relationship between the two? Epidemiology is the study of the distribution and causes of adverse health outcomes in a population (Zeni, 2021). Population health is “the health outcomes and distributions of these outcomes among groups of people” (Zeni, 2021, p. 291). Social determinants of health are factors in the environment that affect health outcomes. The health of a population is dependent on epidemiology. Knowing the health status of a population can assist in identifying population-based interventions that target specific adverse health outcomes.

Upon successful completion of this discussion, you will be able to:

  • Describe the connections between epidemiology and population health.
  • Explain how social determinants of health influence health outcomes.


  1. Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade.
  2. Read Chapter 2 in your textbook.
  3. Review the Chapter 2 PowerPoint file(PowerPoint presentation).
  4. Review the five domains of Social Determinants of Health(new tab).
  5. Watch The Obesity Epidemic:  
  6. Review the data and statistics for obesity: Overweight and Obesity: Data and Statistics(new tab).
  7. Write an initial response to the following prompts:
    1. Review data and/or research studies located on the Center for Disease Control and OCLS about obesity in rural and urban populations.
    2. What similar issues do rural and urban populations face regarding the prevention of obesity?
    3. What issues are unique to the rural settings?
    4. Give an example of how social determinants of health can be a contributing factor to the epidemic.
  8. Support your initial discussion post with references that are relevant, scholarly, peer-reviewed sources, or authoritative professional organizations. You can utilize IWU Online Campus Library Services(new tab)to help locate these sources.
  9. Use APA Style(new tab) for all citations and references.
  10. Post your initial response by Day 5 of the workshop.

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