New England Public Health Training Center

Introduction to Systems Thinking

This is an introductory course offering CPH — Free
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Systems thinking provides a framework for identifying and addressing the underlying causes of complex problems. This innovative approach minimizes responding to problem symptoms and the associated unintended consequences of quick fixes. This foundations training will provide an overview of key concepts and specific tools for use with a systems thinking approach.

Cited work reviewed in the training is globally recognized. Learners can expect to participate in learning examples, case studies, and interactive activities. Public Health Training Center staff may find this training particularly useful in the grant process. 

This learning opportunity topic is aligned with one or more of the strategic skills.

This learning opportunity addresses training topics identified in PHWINS 2017.

What You'll Learn

  • Define Systems Thinking and describe its application in understanding and resolving complex problems.
  • Explain three Systems Thinking tools (the Iceberg, System Archetypes, and Belief/Action/Results (BAR) framework).
  • Apply these Systems Thinking tools to an important issue in your workplace.

Related Occupations

Public health - multiple occupations will benefit