Systems Thinking for Childhood Obesity Prevention

Course Description

One in five children in the US are affected by obesity.  Childhood obesity results from multiple factors ranging from individual genetics to national policies.  There is not a simple or single solution for the prevention of childhood obesity.  Systems thinking is an approach to solving complex problems promoted by researchers and policy makers.  This training guides you through taking a systems approach to childhood obesity prevention, and presents ways to think about evaluating your approach.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain how to identify critical leverage points within a system.
  2. Explain methods for evaluating effectiveness of systems approaches.
  3. Practice taking a systems approach for childhood obesity prevention.

Learning Outcome:

Implement and evaluate systems approaches to childhood obesity prevention.

Continuing Education:  

0.5 CECH for CHES; 0.75 CNEs for Nursing

This activity is co-sponsored with the University of Arizona's College of Nursing CPE Unit for 0.75 contact hours. The University of Arizona Continuing Professional Education is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Continuing Nursing Education Group, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.​

Course Registration: https://moodle.publichealth.arizona.edu/course/view.php?id=274