Epidemiology and Population Health Summer Institute at Columbia University, New York City, NY- June 2013

NOTE: It does not appear to specifically discuss SNA as only system dynamics and ABM are mentioned in the announcement…I would check with the conveners.

Epidemiology and Population Health

Summer Institute at Columbia University, New York City, NY

WEEK 4: JUNE 24-28 1:30PM – 5:30PM

Complex Systems Approach to Population Health

Many of the biggest health problems today are the result of complex and interdependent components that are difficult to disentangle. Identifying causal pathways and the effects of modifiable interventions in this setting are challenging; and as a result, new and innovative techniques are needed to complement the current methodologies. This course will provide a review of the following: what are complex systems?; the general domains in science in which complex systems theory and techniques have proven fruitful; and, applications of the complex systems approach to population health and related prevention and policy efforts. After this review, students will participate in a hands-on approach to developing skills in the construction and analysis of systems, both qualitatively and quantitatively, using both system dynamics and agent-based modeling. Substantive topic areas that will serve as examples in the hands-on exercises will focus on population health domains that have significant social and behavioral components, e.g., obesity, HIV.


Mark Orr, Ph.D.

James Stark, Ph.D.

Course Objectives:

Think abstractly about what complex systems are and how they might impact public health research and policy

Identify core characteristics of complex systems by example

Develop causal-loop diagrams (systems maps)

Identify reinforcing and balancing loops in systems

Understand core features of agent-based models

Understand the tradeoffs between using different approaches within complex systems (e.g., agent-based modeling vs system dynamics).

Identify key differences between statistical modeling and complex systems modeling and clarify how these can be used in compliment.

Identify the limitations of the complex systems approach in population health

Think critically about how to integrate complex systems with intervention and prevention efforts

Registration ends May 1, 2013

For complete details and to register, see: https://www.cuepisummer.org/product/complex-systems-approach-population-health


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