Designing a framework for the concept of health

Julio Frenk, Octavio Gómez-Dantés

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We discuss a set of ideas related to defining health - using the World Health Organization definition, several debates in the academic literature, and the Meikirch Model of Health. Given the complex and dynamic nature of health, we cannot aim to generate a once-and-for-all agreement on its precise meaning. Instead, let us work to develop a general framework to guide further explorations to identify and measure the complex components and determinants of that elusive aspiration we call health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-406
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Public Health Policy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • determinants of health
  • health definition
  • the concept of health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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