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Systems Science and Obesity

Systems science has been instrumental in breaking new scientific ground in diverse fields such as meteorology, engineering and decision analysis. However, it is just beginning to impact public health. This seminar is designed to introduce students to basic tools of theory building and data analysis in systems science and to apply those tools to better understand the obesity epidemic in human populations. There will also be a lab in which students will use a simple demonstration model of food acquisition behavior using agent-based modeling on standard (free) software (netlogo). The central organizing idea of the course is to examine the obesity epidemic at a population level as an emergent properties of complex, nested systems, with attention to feedback processes, multilevel interactions, and the phenomenon of emergence. While the emphasis will be on obesity, the goal will be to explore ways in which the systems approach can be applied to other non-communicable diseases both nationally and internationally. Topics will include: a) the epidemiology of obesity across time and place, b) theories to explain population obesity, c) the role of environments and economic resources in obesity c) basic concepts and tools of systems science, d) modeling energy-balance related behaviors in context, e) agent-based models, systems dynamic models, and social network models

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Rating 4.6 based on 23 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
Starts Jun 10 (last week)
Cost $49
From Johns Hopkins University via Coursera
Instructors Kayla de la Haye, Thomas Glass, Daniel Taber, Jessica Jones-Smith, Rahmatollah Beheshti
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Language English
Subjects Science Personal Development
Tags Life Sciences Medicine And Healthcare Nutrition Public Health

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system science in 2 reviews

When I saw the System Science and Obesity course at Coursera I had the feeling it would present me some social concepts and tools which would give me a starting point.

I had little background in system science, and very much enjoyed the learning process!

fun and interesting in one review

very good FUN AND INTERESTING COURSE.

johns hopkins professors in one review

I am also really greatful to Johns hopkins professors who made this excellent course available.

environment affects itself in one review

Lately I have been interested in studying how the dynamics in working environment affects itself.

felt too confused in one review

I never felt too confused.

further.not easily comprehensive in one review

Good course, the lab classes can be improved further.not easily comprehensive I very much enjoyed this course because it used a real-world example to teach systems thinking.

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Rating 4.6 based on 23 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study, 2-3 hours/week
Starts Jun 10 (last week)
Cost $49
From Johns Hopkins University via Coursera
Instructors Kayla de la Haye, Thomas Glass, Daniel Taber, Jessica Jones-Smith, Rahmatollah Beheshti
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Science Personal Development
Tags Life Sciences Medicine And Healthcare Nutrition Public Health

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