Explore Systems Thinking In Public Health in This Free Course


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This course, Explore Systems Thinking In Public Health provides an introduction to systems thinking and systems models in public health. Problems in public health and health policy tend to be complex with many actors, institutions, and risk factors involved.

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About this Course

If an outcome depends on many interacting and adaptive parts and actors the outcome cannot be analyzed or predicted with traditional statistical methods. Explore Systems Thinking In Public Health is a core course that contains useful skills in public health and helps health policymakers build programs and policies that are aware of and prepared for unintended consequences.

An important part of systems thinking is the practice to integrate multiple perspectives and synthesize them into a framework or model that can describe and predict the various ways in which a system might react to policy change. Systems thinking and systems models devise strategies to account for real-world complexities.

This work was coordinated by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, the World Health Organization, with the aid of a grant from the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada. Additional support was provided by the Department for International Development (DFID) through a grant (PO5467) to the Future Health Systems research consortium.

Syllabus

WEEK 1
4 hours to complete

Introduction to Explore Systems Thinking In Public Health and Complex Adaptive Systems
This module introduces the basics of systems thinking and the rationale for using a systems approach to solve public health problems in complex adaptive systems.

8 videos (Total 98 min), 13 readings, 1 quiz

WEEK 2
3 hours to complete

Explore Systems Thinking In Public Health: System Conceptualization Using Causal Loop Diagrams
This module will introduce you to the concepts of causal loop diagrams and how they can be used in participatory research. You will also be introduced to the software Vensim which allows you to draw causal loop diagrams.

8 videos (Total 75 min), 9 readings, 1 quiz

WEEK 3
5 hours to complete

Explore Systems Thinking In Public Health: System Dynamics Simulation Using Stock-and-Flow Diagrams
This module will introduce you to the concepts of systems dynamics modeling and will show you how to use Vensim to run a pre-existing system dynamics model.

13 videos (Total 159 min), 11 readings, 1 quiz

WEEK 4
2 hours to complete

Explore Systems Thinking In Public Health: Practical and policy implications
This module wraps up the course and shows you how systems thinking can contribute to policymaking.

6 videos (Total 42 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz

 

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