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Systems Science and Population Health

Abdulrahman M. El-Sayed and Sandro Galea


This book bridges the gap between systems science and population health science and brings together contributions from leading authorities in the field to describe how complex systems science contributes to population health and to demonstrate how methodological approaches in systems science can sharpen population health science. The book includes both theoretical and empiric illustrations from the emerging literature at the nexus between complex systems and population health. The first section, “Simplicity, Complexity, and Population Health” walks the reader through the intellectual and conce ... More

Keywords: epidemiology, population health, public health, complex systems, social networks

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190492397
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190492397.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Abdulrahman M. El-Sayed, editor
Executive Director and Health Officer, Detroit Health Department, City of Detroit

Sandro Galea, editor
Dean and Robert A. Knox Professor, School of Public Health, Boston University

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1 Introduction

Abdulrahman M. El-Sayed

Section 1 Simplicity, Complexity, and Population Health

3 Wrong Answers

David S. Fink and Katherine M. Keyes

4 Complexity

Anton Palma and David W. Lounsbury

Section 2 Methods in Systems Population Health

8 Agent-Based Modeling

Brandon D. L. Marshall

9 Microsimulation

Sanjay Basu

10 Social Network Analysis

Douglas A. Luke, Amar Dhand, and Bobbi J. Carothers

Section 3 Systems Science Toward a Consequential Population Health

11 Machine Learning

James H. Faghmous

12 Systems Science and the Social Determinants of Population Health

David S. Fink, Katherine M. Keyes, and Magdalena Cerdá

14 Systems of Behavior and Population Health

Mark G. Orr, Kathryn Ziemer, and Daniel Chen

15 Systems Under Your Skin

Karina Standahl Olsen, Hege Bøvelstad, and Eiliv Lund

17 Systems Science and Population Health

Abdulrahman M. El-Sayed and Sandro Galea

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