Systems Thinking Education & Training

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Check out your options for systems thinking education with this article. You can learn which program types offer campus-based or online learning and find a program to fit your scheduling needs and career goals.

Systems Thinking Educational Options

Systems thinking can prove beneficial in a number of career fields, such as healthcare and management, as it deals with understanding how an organization works as a whole, or 'system', in order to solve problems or facilitate organizational change. You can learn more by checking out this lesson on the systems thinking theory and model.

There are also plenty of educational options available through college and university continuing education departments. You can check out:

Professional Development Workshops

Workshops are often set up to help individuals in the business field learn more about how they can apply systems thinking in their careers. Because these educational opportunities are typically only a couple of days long, they allow you to quickly and efficiently learn about the tools associated with systems thinking and how these tools can be used effectively. Topics of instruction can also help you learn more about organizational change and the strategies used to evaluate problems within a complex system.

Many of these workshops strive to be interactive, allowing you to practice applying your systems thinking skills to reinforce what you're learning. The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas offers workshops that are conducted over a two-day period where you receive in-person instruction. You can also find workshops through DePaul University.

Continuing Education Courses

These courses tend to require little time to complete and are designed to help familiarize you with systems thinking and how it can be applied. You may find that these courses are offered through online learning, allowing you to study on your own time. Schools such as the University of Arizona and the University of Georgia offer these courses to help individuals in the healthcare field expand their understanding of this subject and earn continuing education credits.

Topics of instruction can include problem solving within healthcare organizations, managing groups, communicating in a healthcare environment and managing organizational change.

Certificate Programs

You can explore the process of systems thinking in greater depth through graduate certificate programs. These series of in-person courses are offered by schools like Antioch University and can help build your business skills through the study of how systems thinking relates to leadership and social innovation. You'll also study how meaning is structured and the ways systems can be changed.

If you're interested in broadening your scope of study, there are also strategic thinking professional development workshops and continuing education courses that can be applied toward certificate programs in areas like healthcare management and organizational development.

Online Study Aids

Whichever program you choose, you'll be learning how to apply systems thinking to look at the big picture. You can find out more about the importance of this skill with this Big Picture Thinking course. This online resource allows you to work on developing big picture thinking skills while providing you with information about some of the tools used by strategic thinkers. These lessons are short and self-paced, allowing you to study as much as you'd like. You'll also have the option to complete quizzes as you go to check your understanding. Plus, you can contact business experts if you have any questions about what you're learning.

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