Online Program

Health Determinants - Epigenetics and an Integrative Model for Public Health

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Nico Rizzo, PhD, med Dr, M.Sc., School of Public Health, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
This introductory presentation will give a brief overview of the topic and show the emerging importance of epigenetics and its possible role in an integrative model for Public Health.

Environmental factors, socio-cultural context, geography, hereditary factors and individual lifestyle are interrelated in the prospect and determination of health outcomes as well as in possible prevention and intervention strategies.

Often these areas are treated in isolation and viewed as independent health determinants. A thorough and deep knowledge of a particular discipline and area is fundamental and at the base of any discussion. However, a multidisciplinary view is of importance to come to better solutions and a deeper understanding in Public Health research, practice and policy.

This year's conference stands under the motto “Think global. Act local. Best practices around the world.” In line with this motto this presentation will focus on two aspects. Firstly, it will briefly describe a global and integrative view of health determinants and their interactions and how an integrative approach may help to provide with greater scrutiny the necessary tools to target the present needs in Public Health. Secondly, it will focus on epigenetics as a possible link between environmental and individual factors and its role in an integrative model of Public Health.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Public health biology
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the importance of a global and integrative view of health determinants for Public Health. Discuss the role of epigenetics in an integrative model of Public Health.

Keyword(s): Genetics, Public Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have conducted and published research on physical activity and dietary pattern and their association with chronic diseases and obesity in large publicly funded cohort studies in the U.S. and Europe. My research includes the etiology of cardio-metabolic disease and the role of epigenetics in transgenerational health outcomes.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.