Informational Resource: SOCIOLOGY IN OUR TIMES, Diana Kendall, Eleventh Edition.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.  Click on WHO link to browse the definition and discussion of HEALTH)

The following links are Videos focusing on the various aspects of Health Care Industry including occupations:

Healthy Lifestyle  
Healthcare Managers  
Health Career Management MBA
Healthcare Online

  Health care is any activity intended to improve health.
  Medicine is an institutionalized system for the scientific diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of illness. 200 Years of Medicine

Life expectancy refers to an estimate of the average lifetime of people born in a specific year.

  100 Years and Beyond
Life Expectancy Calculator
Shortest Life Expectancy
TED on Life Expectancy
Decrease Your Life Expectancy

 The infant mortality rate is the number of deaths of infants under 1 year of age per 1,000 live births in a given year.

Rates of illness and death
are highest among the old and the young.

Chronic diseases
are illnesses that are long term or lifelong and that develop gradually or are present from birth.

Acute diseases
are illnesses that strike suddenly and cause dramatic incapacitation and sometimes death.
Negative Lifestyle Factors
Illegal Drugs

Anxiety and Stress
Diet and Exercise
Lack of Sleep

  Sleep Apnea

  Weight Gain


    Diet and Exercise

    Regular Health Care

The Symbolic Interaction approach to Health states that Health and illness are social constructions: Physical and mental conditions have little or no objective reality but instead are considered healthy or ill conditions only if they are defined as such by a society. Physicians “manage the situation” to display their authority and medical knowledge.

  Disability refers to a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major activities that a person would normally do at a given stage of life and that may result in stigmatization or discrimination against the person with a disability.