Applying systems thinking to public health leadership

John C. Lammers, Vandna Pandita

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A review of the public health literature reveals a dearth of research that focuses on applying management theories to public health work. This article applies systems thinking to public health practice. A sample of health officers and health department executives were asked to identify the key attributes of the most important problem they faced in their work in the last week. Problems involved an average of four other organizations, and most required two to six months to be resolved. Most decisions were expected to result in new problems. Several cases are presented as examples. Implications for future research, practice, and training are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-49
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Public Health Management and Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Leadership
  • Management systems
  • Planning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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