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Week
1

Week 1

3 hours to complete

Introduction to Systems Thinking and Complex Adaptive Systems

3 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 98 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
Video: Introduction to Systems Thinking1m
Lecture 1A: Why Use Systems Thinking13m
Lecture 1B: Health Systems Applications of CAS: Health Systems Frameworks and the Problem of Implementation20m
Lecture 1C: CAS Pathways: The Problem of Scaling Up19m
Lecture 1D: Where Systems Thinking Helps: Understanding the Types of Problems, Theories, Methods, and Tools21m
Lecture 2A: Systems Thinking In Practice - Understanding and Engaging with Stakeholders7m
Lecture 2B: Network Analysis, Participatory Impact Pathways Analysis, and Summary10m
6 readings
Syllabus10m
Module Learning Objectives10m
The Application of Systems Thinking in Public Health - David Peters (2014)10m
When solutions of yesterday become problems of today - Agyepong et al 201210m
Individual‐based Computational Modeling of Smallpox Epidemic Control Strategies - Burke et al (2006)10m
Dynamic spread of happiness in a large social network - Fowler and Christakis (2008)10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz Module 130m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

System Conceptualization Using Causal Loop Diagrams

3 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 75 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
8 videos
Lecture 3A: System Conceptualization and Mapping: Introduction to Causal Loop Diagrams6m
Lecture 3B: Causal Loop Diagrams: Basic Components10m
Lecture 3C: Causal Loop Diagrams: Sources of Data, Strengths, and Weaknesses12m
Lecture 4A: Introduction to Community-Based Causal Mapping Workshop12m
Lecture 4B: Community-Based Causal Mapping Workshop Part 17m
Lecture 4C: Community-Based Causal Mapping Workshop Part 29m
Tutorial 1: Developing causal loop diagrams using Vensim15m
6 readings
Module Learning Objectives10m
Exploring dual practice and its management in Uganda - Paina et al (2014)10m
Advancing the application of systems thinking in health - Rwashana et al (2014)10m
Vensim User Manual10m
Scriptapedia & Original Scripts for Practice Workshop10m
Simplified Variable Elicitation Script10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz Module 230m
Week
3

Week 3

5 hours to complete

System Dynamics Simulation Using Stock-and-Flow Diagrams

5 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 159 min), 11 readings, 1 quiz
13 videos
Lecture 5A: Using Stock and Flow Principles for Simulation5m
Lecture 5B: Defining Stocks12m
Lecture 5C: Flow and Control Variables12m
Lecture 6A: Case Example: Application of Stock and Flow Diagrams to Public Health22m
Lecture 6B: Advanced Model of Volume and Quality10m
Lecture 6C: Advanced Model: Cure and Prevention Model24m
Tutorial 2: Tutorial on How To Develop Stock-and-Flow Diagrams Using Vensim13m
Lecture 7A: Analysis Using Agent-Based Models: Trying Things Out9m
Lecture 7B: Breakdown of the Agent-Based Approach15m
Lecture 7C: Case Study of Epidemic Modeling14m
Tutorial 3A: How to use agent-based models for scenario-building using Netlogo7m
Tutorial 3B: How to use agent-based models for scenario-building using Netlogo9m
11 readings
Module Learning Objectives10m
Vensim Model I - Example Stock and Flow Diagram: Technical Quality10m
Vensim Model II - Example stock and flow diagram: Quality of services10m
Vensim Model III - Performance Based Financing10m
Vensim Model IV - Effect of lobying10m
Advancing the application of systems thinking in public health - Bishai et all (2014)10m
Vensim User Manual (same link as above)10m
ReThink Health Dynamics - Homer et al (2012)10m
Module Learning Objectives10m
How to do agent-based simulations in the future - Helbing and Balietti (2011)10m
Netlogo User Manual10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz Module 330m
Week
4

Week 4

1 hour to complete

Practical and policy implications

1 hour to complete
6 videos (Total 42 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
6 videos
Lecture 8A: How Systems Thinking Can Contribute to Policy Decision Making9m
Lecture 8B: Systems Thinking in Top-Down Policymaking13m
Lecture 8C: Systems Thinking in Bottom-Up Policymaking10m
Lecture 8D: Integration and Summary4m
Conclusion Video3m
1 reading
Module Learning Objectives10m
1 practice exercise
Quiz Module 430m

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