Complex Systems Thinking in Aging Research: Fundamentals and Methods
- East Baltimore
- Summer Inst. term
- Mental Health
- 1 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2019 - 2020
- Mon 06/10/2019 - Mon 06/10/2019
- Class Times:
- Monday, 8:30am - 4:50pm
Basic computer skills (no programming)
1. Did you know that approximately 80% of older adults suffer from at least one chronic condition (e.g., diabetes, hypertension, heart disease)?
2. Environmental, social, economic and structural factors play a big a role in not only impacting health and well-being of older adults but also how programs and policies are implemented.
3. How do we incorporate these complex networks of individual and group-level factors in understanding health-related behaviors, healthcare utilization, health disparities, and responses to public health interventions amongst older adults?
Trains students on the fundamentals of systems thinking.
Considers key aging-related health outcomes from a systems science lens. Examines basic systems models (dynamic models, agent-based models, social network models). Examines application of systems thinking on evaluating health programs and polices.
- Learning Objectives:
- Apply systems thinking to tackling key mental health and aging issues (dementia, cognitive aging, and physical frailty)
- Explain the conceptual differences between key systems methods (systems dynamic models, agent-based models, social network models)
- Accurately describe the set of key systems concepts and what is distinctive about systems thinking as opposed to other forms of thinking
- Assess strengths and weaknesses of aging interventions and polices using a systems approach
- Methods of Assessment:
Class participation: 25%; In-class systems model critique: 25%; Post-class Final paper: 50%
- Instructor Consent:
No consent required
- Special Comments:
"Students are expected to bring a laptop computer with working WIFI/Internet access. "Students are expected to bring a laptop computer with working WIFI/Internet access. Students are required to complete pre- and post-course assignments. The final paper will be due on June 17, 2019.