A series of lectures developed by the Systems Integration Core that provide a background on systems science including key definitions and examples. These lectures were originally developed for the Pipeline Program.
This 25-minute lecture introduces systems, system behavior, and system feedback. It introduces important terminology and concepts using a maternal and child health perspective for learners who have not been introduced to systems thinking before.
This 28-minute lecture introduces common system archetypes and a number of building blocks for understanding system diagrams. In order to teach these concepts it draws on a number of real world maternal and child health examples.
This 22-minute lecture teaches the uses and creation of causal loop diagramming using a maternal and child health perspective.
This 32-minute lecture introduces the concept of leverage points: why they are important and how we can use leverage points to better change our system. This is done using a variety of maternal and child health topics.
This 24-minute lecture applies the concept of leverage points to changing the behavior of common system archetypes using maternal and child health problems. It is recommended that this lecture be viewed after watching the lectures on “System Behavior” and “Leverage Points and System Change.”