Region 2 Public Health Training Center

Strategic Skills Training Series: Introduction to Systems Thinking

This is an introductory course offering CHES and CPH — Free
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The Strategic Skills Training Series developed by the Region 2 PHTC aims to help prepare public health practitioners to develop the practices and competencies associated with being a Chief Health Strategist. The modules in this series use the community health improvement planning process to introduce you to the basics of the following four strategic skills areas. This first set of modules have been developed at an introductory level; the next part of the series will build on these foundational modules.

To help you think about ways to leverage these skills in your journey as a Chief Health Strategist to address real-world problems in your community, the modules will utilize a case study approach, set in the fictitious Tycho County.

Follow how the Tycho County Health Department could adopt a systems approach to inform its thinking and planning while developing a community health improvement plan focused on a familiar public health problem, opioid misuse.

In this module, you will learn how to identify the characteristics of a system in a public health context.

What You'll Learn

  • Consider events, patterns, and structures related to a complex problem
  • Explain what a complex adaptive system is
  • Explain how mental models impact the way we perceive a problem
  • List some key systems thinking habits to develop

Competency Terms

Policy Development/Program Planning Skills
Policy, Program, & Service Development
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
Community Assets
Leadership & Systems Thinking Skills
Systems Thinking

Related Occupations

Department/Bureau Director
Deputy Director
Other Management & Leadership
Other Professional
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Public Health Agency Director
Public Health Manager/Program Manager