SYSTEMS THEORIES AND APPROACHES
Systems science approaches were developed to understand connections between a system's structure and its behavior over time. The use of such approaches within public health research and practice has grown tremendously over the past decade. Identifying and understanding the dynamic relationships between individuals and their social and physical environments can help us identify potential leverage points for intervention. This course provides an introduction to systems thinking and models in public health, explores the importance of associated theories and underscores the utility of systems science approaches within public health research and practice. We will highlight current systems science public health research and encourage students to think critically about the utility of systems theories and approaches within public health.