Introduction to the theme issue on dynamics of health behavior: revisiting systems science for population health Journal Article uri icon
  • Systems science can help public health professionals to better understand the complex dynamics between factors affecting health behaviors and outcomes and to identify intervention opportunities. Despite their demonstrated utility in addressing health topics such influenza, tobacco control, and obesity, the associated methods continue to be underutilized by researchers and practitioners addressing health behaviors. This article discusses the growth of systems science methods (e.g., system dynamics, social network analysis, and agent-based modeling) in health research, provides a frame for the articles included in this themed issue, and closes with recommendations for enhancing the future of systems science and health behavior research. We argue that integrating systems sciences methods into health behavior research and practice is essential for improved population health and look forward to supporting the evolution of the field.

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    publication date
  • 2020
  • published in
  • Behavior
  • Health Promotion
  • Population Health
  • Public Health
  • Systems Science
  • Additional Document Info
  • 47
  • issue
  • 2