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Systems Change is a Course

Systems Change



Full course description

Hello and welcome to our open access short course about systems change. When we look at a system, we look further than the individual components in the system by looking at how these components interact with each other. This could be parts within a complex machine, or it could be people within an organisation, or as part of a societal system.

This course will explore what we mean by systems thinking, including looking at what happens when we change an element of the system and how it might cause unintended consequences because of how the components interact. It then looks at what happens when an element of the system is broken and how we can identify this, before finally exploring systems change, including models for systems change and considerations to make when making those changes.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  1. Recognise the importance of systems and how they can improve outcomes
  2. Describe systems thinking and systems change
  3. Identify the benefits and challenges of systems change
  4. Understand which tools can be used to identify areas for change and how to make those changes

You can access the full course content without enrolling here:

Open Access

The course should take about 1-2 hours to complete.

Alternatively, if you would like a certificate on completion of the course, use the Enrol button below to sign up for a free course account.


This work was supported by the UK Prevention Research Partnership, an initiative funded by UK Research and Innovation Councils, the Department of Health and Social Care (England) and the UK devolved administrations, and leading health research charities.

The Consortium Development Grant was awarded in 2020 and we have been invited to submit a full consortium application in December 2020, which is to be assessed in April 2021.


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