Analyze a Health Theory or Model

Analyze a Health Theory or Model

As a health professional, it is important to understand the theories and models that underlie your work. They can be indispensible in guiding your decisions and actions. In this Discussion, you will apply a health theory or model to the levels of influence in the social ecology of health model.

To prepare for this Discussion:

• Review the models and theories from Chapter 4 of the text and Part 2 of ” Theory at a Glance.”

Review the social ecology of health model with its associated theories by completing the following exercise:

Select one model or theory that you studied this week that coincides with one of the five hierarchical levels in the social ecology of health model.

Reflect upon how the model or theory explains a health condition associated with the previously Healthy People assigned focus area

. Post a comprehensive response to the following:

• In your own words, describe one way that the chosen theory explains your Healthy People assigned focus area ( MY FOCUS AREA – CIRRHOSIS OF THE LIVER). Use terms from the model or theory in your explanation, and be sure to cite your sources appropriately.

Now state the hierarchical level or levels (i.e., interpersonal, intrapersonal, organizational, community, and society) in the social ecology of health model that corresponds with your chosen theory. Please explain why it is related to the hierarchical level(s).

• Learning Resources

Required Resources


Interactive Exercise: Laureate Education, Inc. (2010). The social ecology of health model: Theories and models.

This interactive exercise will deepen your understanding of general health theories and how they correspcorrespond to the levels of the social ecology of health model. It requires you to drag a theory associated with the model to its corresponding level in the hierarchy.
• Course Text: Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health

o Chapter 4, “Behavioral and Social Science Theory”

This chapter explains health theories and models that are dominant in the field. It also maps each theory or model to a level of the social ecology of health model. Key concepts in social science research and practice are also addressed.
o Chapter 6, “The Social Environment and Health”
The social environment (human groups, social systems, and institutional settings) is analyzed in the context of the social ecology of health model.
• Article: National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2005). Theory at a glance: A guide for health promotion practice. Retrieved from

This week, read “Part 2: Theories and Applications” (pp. 9–31).

• Article: Pasick, R. J., Burke, N. J., Barker, J. C., Joseph, G., Bird, J. A., …Guerra, C. (2009). Behavioral theory in a diversesociety: Like a compass on Mars. Health Education and Behavior, 36(Suppl. 1). Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

This purpose of this study was to test behavioral theory constructs (perceived benefit, perceived susceptibility, self-efficacy, intention, and subjective norms) to investigate the use of mammography in the context of five ethnic groups.
Optional Resources

• Article: Loerzel, V. W., & Bushy, A. (2005). Interventions that address cancer health disparities in women. Family and Community Health, 28(1), 79–89.

Note: From the link, please click on Walden 360 for a full-text version of the article.

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