The goal of SSSI is to train the next generation of health and social science scholars in systems science methods, especially in those methods most useful for enhancing the social impact of health and social science research. The Brown School now has a critical mass of expertise on systems science methods, spread across a variety of faculty, research centers/labs, and research staff. There is a lack of availability of training in these areas in social work, public health, and other applied social sciences, creating an unmet need, especially since the discontinuation of NIH’s Institute for Systems Science in Health after 2012.
At this 5-day Summer Training Institute, participants will get a hands-on introduction to systems science methods that enhance the social impact of health and social science research. The institute will focus on three major systems science methods: agent-based modeling, social network analysis, and system dynamics. Participants will review the major concepts of their chosen track/method, learn analytic best practices, and apply the methods to real-world data.
Each trainee will select one track, while having ample opportunities to interact with participants, instructors, and outside experts across tracks. The application process is open, and we will accept candidates on a rolling basis through July 1, 2019.