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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

2 hours to complete

Module 1

Obesity, the facts of the case, and human populations through a systems science lens.

7 videos (Total 112 min), 1 quiz
7 videos
Obesity, The Facts of the Case (Or Why Obesity Pushes Our Buttons) - Tom Glass17m
Beyond the Usual Suspect: Why This Case Is Hard To Crack12m
Explanations: The Food Supply, A System of Interest18m
Obesity in Human Populations Through a Systems Science Lens - Tom Glass11m
Taking a Systems Perspective: 5 Key Features25m
What is so "Systemy" About Obesity?23m
1 practice exercise
Module 120m
2 hours to complete

Module 2

Complex systems, system dynamic models, and developing a stock and flow. This module includes a lab lesson.

6 videos (Total 89 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Nuts and Bolts of System Dynamics Models12m
Developing a Stock and Flow Model12m
Policy Resistance10m
Coding tutorial for systems dynamics model22m
From stock and flow diagram to developing a SD model in Vensim20m
1 reading
Important: Models for Lab Assessment10m
2 practice exercises
Module 2 Quiz20m
Lab 1 Quiz8m
2 hours to complete

Module 3

Social networks and obesity, neighborhoods and noshing, and prices and poverty.

9 videos (Total 123 min), 1 quiz
9 videos
Social Network Analysis13m
Obesity & Social Networks13m
Neighborhoods and Noshing: Foraging and the Food Environment14m
Why Should We Care About Neighborhoods for a Systems Science of Obesity15m
Foraging Theory: A Unifying Framework?26m
Lecture 6: What's price (and income) got to do with it?11m
Less money, more problems?11m
Taxman: Can Price Manipulations Be Used to Promote Healthful Eating9m
1 practice exercise
Module 3 Quiz18m
3 hours to complete

Module 4

Agent based modeling and conceptual motivation for agent based modeling. This module includes a lab lesson.

8 videos (Total 125 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
Why agent-based modeling?24m
Development of a Simple Model with Environment, Peer Networks, and Agent Behaviors19m
Food Foraging ABM:Embedded in a GIS-Based Environment8m
Lab 2 Part 1: Tutorial on building ABMs in Netlogo environment34m
Lab 2 Part 2: ABM for Food Store; Food Foraging ABM8m
Lab 2 Part 3: Income-Diet model example with extensions15m
2 readings
Important: Models For Lab Assessment 210m
Learn more about the Global Obesity Prevention Center10m
2 practice exercises
Module 4 Quiz20m
Lab Quiz 210m
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Top reviews from Systems Science and Obesity

By CSApr 1st 2019

Fantastic course. Really thought provoking, and well presented. Useful as an intro to systems thinking, and as a way to understand the obesity epidemic in a nuanced way.

By PVSep 12th 2017

This course was surprisingly challenging and educational. I had little background in system science, and very much enjoyed the learning process!



Jessica Jones-Smith

Assistant Professor
Human Nutrition

Rahmatollah Beheshti

Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Civil Engineering

Daniel Taber

Assistant Professor
School of Public Health (UT Health)

Kayla de la Haye

Assistant Professor of Preventative Medicine
Keck School of Medicine (USC)

Thomas Glass


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