Systemic intervention for public health

Am J Public Health. 2006 Mar;96(3):466-72. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2005.067660. Epub 2006 Jan 31.


Many calls have been made for a systems approach to public health. My response is to offer a methodology for systemic intervention that (1) emphasizes the need to explore stakeholder values and boundaries for analysis, (2) challenges marginalization, and (3) draws upon a wide range of methods (from the systems literature and beyond) to create a flexible and responsive systems practice.I present and discuss several well-tested methods with a view to identifying their potential for supporting systemic intervention for public health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Health Care Reform / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Public Health Practice*
  • Systems Theory*