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Systems Science and Population Health$
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Abdulrahman M. El-Sayed and Sandro Galea

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190492397

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190492397.001.0001

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Systems Approaches to Understanding How the Environment Influences Population Health and Population Health Interventions

Systems Approaches to Understanding How the Environment Influences Population Health and Population Health Interventions

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(p.151) 13 Systems Approaches to Understanding How the Environment Influences Population Health and Population Health Interventions
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Systems Science and Population Health
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Melissa Tracy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190492397.003.0013

This chapter describes the utility of systems approaches for furthering our understanding of how the physical and social environment influences population health, as well as the effectiveness of population health interventions. This includes a brief review of some of the evidence for the complex and reciprocal relations between environmental features and health, and the influence of environmental characteristics on the outcomes of population health interventions. It then discusses the advantages of systems approaches over traditional analytic methods for capturing the complex influences of the environment on health. Finally, it uses several examples from the public health literature to illustrate best practices for developing and applying systems science models to the study of environmental influences on health and on the effectiveness of population health interventions.

Keywords:   physical environment, urban health, social environment, interventions, context

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