This self-study course introduces learners to the fundamental tools of Systems Thinking. Systems thinking provides a framework for identifying and addressing the underlying causes of complex problems. This approach minimizes responding to problem symptoms and the associated unintended consequences of quick fixes.

This training will provide an overview of key concepts and specific tools for use with a systems thinking approach. Systems thinking skills were identified as one of the top new skills needed by the public health workers in a recent report “Building Skills For a More Strategic Workforce” from the National Consortium for Public Health Workforce Development.