of the most pressing public health challenges are types of ‘wicked
problems.’ These problems are complex, resistant to change, and require
new types of transdisciplinary scientific investigation to address.
Systems science methods, particularly system dynamics, social network
analysis, and agent-based modeling show promise for these types of
challenges. This talk will suggest how systems science can be applied to
these types of problems, introduce these three common systems science
methodologies (focusing particularly on network analysis and agent-based
modeling), and provide examples of their application drawn from a
variety of public health areas, including obesity, tobacco control,
HIV/AIDS, healthcare delivery, and dissemination & implementation.