Academic Events

Systems Thinking: Understanding the Complex

The whole is not merely the sum of its parts. Find out why and how solutions to health system problems may only be found if we also look beyond the system.

On October 20, 2017, the School of Public Health welcomed Nathaniel Osgood for a public lecture entitled Systems Thinking | Understanding the Complex.

Immediately following the lecture was a short panel session with Anil Arora, chief statistician, Government of Canada; Lord Nigel Crisp, independent member, House of Lords; and Janet Davidson, chair, Board of Directors, Canadian Institute for Health Information. 

 To view the recording of the lecture:

Nathaniel Osgood
Professor, Department of Computer Sciences
Associate Faculty, Department of Community Health and Epidemiology,
and Division of Bioengineering
University of Saskatchewan


Nathaniel Osgood is best known for his research on cross-linked simulation, ubiquitous sensing, and inference tools to inform understanding of population health trends and health policy trade offs.

Osgood, who has a PhD in computing science, has been applying dynamic modelling to improve decisions for more than 25 years. Using dynamic modelling, he has made significant contributions in the areas of communicable, chronic and zoonotic disease, and to social and environmental epidemiology and tobacco policy.

“Dynamic modelling tools can aid public health decision makers in implementing cost-effective preventive policies and designing more effective screening or treatment strategies for an illness,” says Osgood.

In addition to publishing numerous academic journal articles, Osgood is co-author of the book entitled Dynamic Methods for Dynamic Modelers.