Answered By: Mary Kaye Hooker
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2018     Views: 32179

An example of a reference citation for Healthy People 2020 is:

Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (2016). Heart disease and stroke. In Healthy People 2020. Retrieved from https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/heart-disease-and-stroke

Healthy People 2020 should be italicized ~ like a journal or book title and because the information is from a website, the URL (or web address) needs to be included.

The first time you cite this in-text, you should use the following: (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion [ODPHP], 2016).

Subsequent in-text citations can be (ODPHP, 2016).

Comments (3)

  1. I'm in epidemiology, and in one of the lessons Healthy People 2020 is cited like this:

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2010). Healthy People 2020. Retrieved from www.healthypeople.gov.
    by Brooke on May 31, 2017.
  2. The citation in the course is for the website. The example given in the FAQ is for a specific page or article on the website. Whenever there is a question, follow what is in your course or the faculty recommendation.
    by Valerie R. Meyer on Jun 02, 2017.
  3. As a follow-up to my comment. The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion is an office in the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. This is one of the conundrums of citing websites. I have seen government websites cited this way:

    U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (2016). Heart disease and stroke. In Healthy People 2020. Retrieved from https://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/heart-disease-and-stroke

    In text citation of (U. S. Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS], 2016) with subsequent citations (USDHHS, 2016). If you get points counted off for following this citation style, please refer your faculty member to this FAQ and ask them to reach out to the librarian. Thanks for the feedback
    by Valerie R. Meyer on Oct 23, 2017.