Cadernos de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1678-4464
CONTANDRIOPOULOS, André-Pierre. Can models be built on the basis of the relationship between social contexts and health?. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1998, vol.14, n.1, pp. 199-204. ISSN 1678-4464. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X1998000100029.
As more is known about the complexity of the relationships between social, economic, and environmental contexts and the health of the population, it appears clear that the concepts of illness and health, while not independent, are not synonymous. A major challenge now facing the field of public health is to organize a true dialogue between the life sciences working mainly on illness seen as a disturbance in one of the functions of a living organism and human sciences dealing with a population's health. Society's challenge is to grant each individual access to high-quality health care services when needed, while developing public policies to promote the health of the population as a whole.
Keywords : Health; Illness; Epidemiology; Biological Sciences; Social Sciences.