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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 Thinking in Population Health Research and Policy

Systems Thinking in Population Health Research and Policy

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(p.49) 5 Systems Thinking in Population Health Research and Policy
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Systems Science and Population Health
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Stephen J. Mooney

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190492397.003.0005

This chapter effectively illustrates how incorporating systems thinking into population health science helps to clarify key concepts, elaborate specific and testable hypotheses, and integrate findings from specific studies into policy decisions. This chapter also discusses how policies designed to reduce environmental tobacco smoke have been more successful at preventing heart attacks than a naïve analysis might suggest, how eliminating endemic infectious disease through vaccination requires understanding the workings of social privilege, and the controversy surrounding whether the liberalization of marijuana laws results in fewer traffic accidents overall. At the end, this chapter provides the reader for a systems frame that can be applied to population health research and thinking.

Keywords:   health policy, tobacco, infectious disease, marijuana laws, traffic accidents

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