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About the Course

This course provides an introduction to systems thinking and systems models in public health. Problems in public health and health policy tend to be complex with many actors, institutions and risk factors involved. If an outcome depends on many interacting and adaptive parts and actors the outcome cannot be analyzed or predicted with traditional statistical methods. Systems thinking is a core skill in public health and helps health policymakers build programs and policies that are aware of and prepared for unintended consequences. An important part of systems thinking is the practice to integrate multiple perspectives and synthesize them into a framework or model that can describe and predict the various ways in which a system might react to policy change. Systems thinking and systems models devise strategies to account for real world complexities. This work was coordinated by the Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, the World Health Organization, with the aid of a grant from the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada. Additional support was provided by the Department for International Development (DFID) through a grant (PO5467) to Future Health Systems research consortium. © World Health Organization 2014 All rights reserved. The designations employed and the presentation of the material in this publication do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the World Health Organization concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries. Dotted and dashed lines on maps represent approximate border lines for which there may not yet be full agreement. The mention of specific companies or of certain manufacturers’ products does not imply that they are endorsed or recommended by the World Health Organization in preference to others of a similar nature that are not mentioned. Errors and omissions excepted, the names of proprietary products are distinguished by initial capital letters. All reasonable precautions have been taken by the World Health Organization to verify the information contained in this publication. However, the published material is being distributed without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. The responsibility for the interpretation and use of the material lies with the reader. In no event shall the World Health Organization be liable for damages arising from its use. Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health has a non-exclusive license to use and reproduce the material....

Top reviews


Jun 7, 2019

This is an excellent-excellent course and provides a good primer even to somebody (like me) who has only a very limited exposure to public health and none to the concepts of systems thinking.


Mar 11, 2018

The course is one of the best that I've attended on Coursera. This will be highly useful in my current course "Healthcare Operations Management" that I am offering for MBA students in India.

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By Elizabeth A M O

Sep 21, 2017

Complex and very ilustrative course. I enjoyed it, although I think is it better to have some background knoweldge first.

By Edgar I

Dec 21, 2016

It was a great dive into system thinking. It can be used not only in Public Health but also in other fields. Nice course.

By Nathaniel J

Jan 2, 2020

Very well done. Gives students an overview of theory, and practical tools on two types of software to help build models.

By Helge T

Aug 30, 2019

Excellent and accessible introduction to systems thinking as it relates to health. Thank you for putting this together.

By Anita D

Nov 28, 2022

An engaging, practical and clear introduction to key concepts, models and tools for systems thinking in public health.

By Dr. S S

Mar 30, 2020

Great learning to newer concepts especially Venism, Netlogo. Helped to sharpen my skills to Public Health System

By Chandrasekhar G

Aug 22, 2018

Amazing course, useful in daily life that let you think in multiple perspectives before making strategic choices

By Jessie B

Jul 10, 2020

It's a very hands-on and valuable course. And it's useful for all level public health workers or policy makers!


Jul 21, 2019

Very good course. Thanks I learned a lot. As feedback I suggest making the slides more dynamic, more enjoyable.

By Prasetyo H

Oct 12, 2021

very well crafted course on system thinking. I would like to have the next level of system thinking course

By Ricardo D

Nov 7, 2018

Like the class - course can become subject to different interpretations - but is the nature of the topic.

By Jinali M

May 10, 2017

So so interesting. Teaches you how systems are interlinked and this learning is applicable to all fields.

By Roxane G

May 16, 2021

The instructors have very good lectures and examples to help the learner understand Systems Thinking.

By Youssof O

Nov 10, 2016

Unbelievably valuable course. So many insights and introductions to useful tools. Highly recommended.

By sima s

Mar 18, 2023

This course was one of the hardest courses I have ever passed. Thanks for these valuable materials.

By Wei Y

Jul 7, 2021

Very informative and all the speakers explained well and easy understand. Worth taking this course.

By Eric P

Jul 7, 2020

Really well explained technical models with a clear path to their use to solve real world problems.

By Andrea R R S

Jul 4, 2021

great way of understanding the basic principles of systems and their application on public health

By Esther B

Sep 16, 2016

Very good class - many examples brought in to the lectures and exercises help with comprehension.

By Monika M

Dec 16, 2016

An excellent course with great information regarding public health.. great to learn, thanks..

By Scott B

Jan 25, 2022

Excellent. Great practical examples of how to actually create and understand feedback loops.

By Jaime H R M

Mar 22, 2016

This course is excellent, have a very interesting videos and the information is excellent

By Selinay K

Feb 19, 2022

i m grateful to David Bishai and Ligia Paina for this course that is full of knowledge

By Jelena M

Jan 6, 2020

Great course, taught at a good pace for beginners, excellent examples and materials.

By Jodie N

Jan 17, 2017

Fantastic course, quite tricky but great to extend my thinking about health systems!