This intensive two-week course aims to equip students, professionals, community leaders, healthcare practitioners, and public health enthusiasts with the essential concepts of system dynamics and its application in designing and implementing practical and sustainable community health initiatives.

- Foundations of System Dynamics
- Analysing community health issues using system dynamics tools.
- Identifying leverage points for effective interventions.
- Developing intervention strategies that consider system dynamics insights.
- Simulating and predicting outcomes of interventions using system dynamics models.
- Ensuring sustainability and adaptability of interventions in the long term.
- Communicating system dynamics insights to stakeholders for informed decision-making.

At the end of the course, learners will be able to:
1. Understand the causes of dynamic behaviour at a basic level
2. Utilise the standard approach to developing System Dynamics models
3. Learn to use the basic tools and techniques in developing these models
4. Communicate system dynamics insights to stakeholders persuasively, fostering collaboration and support.
5. Create interventions that are adaptable, sustainable, and have the potential to create lasting positive health impacts within communities.

The course is scheduled to be conducted in-person in Singapore from 13-24 May 2024.

The course structure accommodates two distinct levels of participants. In the first week, participants will be divided into two groups. The first group comprises individuals with no prior knowledge of system dynamics, offering them an entry point into the foundational principles of systems thinking. This segment aims to lay the groundwork for a comprehensive understanding of dynamic systems, particularly within the context of community health.

Concurrently, the second group of participants enters the course with a foundational understanding of the basic concepts and methodologies of system dynamics. Tailored to enhance their existing knowledge and refine their technical skills, the workshop component for this group serves as an opportunity to delve deeper into the application of system dynamics modelling.

During the second week of the course, participants will work in teams with complementary expertise including system dynamics modeling and simulation, community engagement, bioinformatics, and health services research. Each team will work on solving a real-world problem or issue in community health using system dynamics.

To register for the workshop, please email HSSR at hssr@duke-nus.edu.sg


Please be informed withdrawal from course must be made in writing for refund of fees.
Date of withdrawal %
2 weeks or more before course start date: 100%
Less than 2 weeks before course start date: 50%
On or after course start date: 0%


For more information, please contact us at hssr@duke-nus.edu.sg


CERTIFICATE: Not Applicable

Students, HSSR Research Staff - Gratis
Duke-NUS and NUS Staff & Faculty - SGD 1,000
MOH and Other Government Agency Staff - SGD 2,000
All Other Participants - SGD 5,000

All listed prices are before GST



This course is designed for a diverse audience, including but not limited to:
  • Medical students, undergraduate students interested in health systems and systems design, PhD students in public health policy and other related disciplines
  • Public health professionals
  • Community health workers
  • Healthcare administrators
  • Healthcare industry practitioners
  • Pharmaceutical and healthcare management staff
  • Social workers
  • Local government officials
  • Non-profit organisation members
  • Health educators
  • Anyone interested in creating positive health impacts in their communities
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