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Systems Thinking for Health Organizations, Leadership, and Policy: Think Globally, Act Locally (Johnson & Anderson) - Paperback


Systems Thinking for Health Organizations, Leadership, and Policy: Think Globally, Act Locally (Johnson & Anderson) - Paperback

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Authors: James A. Johnson and Douglas Anderson

About the Book: This is the first and only book to provide a systems thinking perspective focusing completely on health. In doing so, the authors describe the foundations of systems thinking, while providing methods, tools, and applications to enhance the reader’s understanding.  Furthermore, the book is organized in a way that utilizes levels of analysis from the micro (individual) to the macro (global). Tools, applications, and cases are provided for health leaders, organizations, and policy in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. In the spirit of systems thinking, the book is wide-ranging in its scope, while maintaining a simple elegance in its usability. It is most appropriate for courses in health administration, public health, health policy, global health, and organization development.

About the Authors: 

Dr. James A. Johnson is a medical social scientist and health policy analyst who specializes in organizational and systems development. He is a Full Professor of Health Administration at Central Michigan University where he teaches courses in comparative health systems, organizational behavior, and health systems thinking. Dr. Johnson is also a Visiting Professor at St. George’s University in Grenada, West Indies and the former Chairman of the Department of Health Administration and Policy at the Medical University of South Carolina where he was also an Associate Professor of Family Medicine. He has been an active researcher and health science writer with over 100 journal articles and 15 books published. One recent book which is read worldwide, is titled, Comparative Health Systems: Global Perspectives where he and co-researchers analyzed the health systems of 20 different countries. The 2nd edition was published in 2017. He is also the co-author/editor with Leiyu Shi, Johns Hopkins University of the 3rd edition of Public Health Administration: Principles for Population-Based Management.  Dr. Johnson is the past-editor of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Journal of Healthcare Management and currently a Contributing Editor for the Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, and global health editor for the Journal of Human Security and Resilience.  He works closely with the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland and ProWorld Service Corps in Belize, Central America on international projects, often involving doctoral students. He is a regular delegate to the World Public Health Congress, most recently in Calcutta, India.  His work and travels have taken him to over 45 countries so far. Dr. Johnson has been an invited lecturer at Oxford University (England); Beijing University (China); University of Dublin (Ireland); University of Colima (Mexico); St. George’s University (Grenada) and University of Pretoria (South Africa), as well as, universities, associations, and health organizations within the U.S., including visiting or adjunct professorships at University of Michigan and Auburn University.  Additionally, he has served on many boards including the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Diabetes Trust Foundation; Board of the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA); Advisory Board of the Alliance for the Blind and Visually Impaired; Board President of Charleston Lowcountry AIDS Services; Advisory Board of the Joint Africa Working Group; Board of Directors of the Africa Research and Development Center; Advisory Board of the Center for Collaborative Health Leadership; and Board of Advisors for Health Systems of America. Dr. Johnson completed his Ph.D. at Florida State University where he specialized in health policy and organization development. He also has a M.P.A. in health care administration and policy from Auburn University and a M.Sc. in behavioral science. 

Dr. Douglas Anderson is a consultant and adjunct professor. He earned his Doctorate in Health Administration (DHA) and International Health certificate from Central Michigan University (CMU). While earning his DHA, he was instrumental in helping senior health leaders engage scenario analysis, development of strategic health leadership education, conducting federal health facility evaluation research, implementation of strategic communication initiatives, and development of several business development projects. Doug is a retired Colonel of the Air Force (AF) Medical Service Corps (MSC). Prior to retirement, he served as the Director of Strategic Communication and Strategy for the AF Surgeon General (SG) and spent one-year in Afghanistan helping the Afghanistan National Police Surgeon General build a country-wide health system. He has been a CEO, COO, and Corporate Staff officer developing and implementing a variety of system-wide transformational initiatives such as capitation-based financing, social media strategies, and continuous quality improvement. He spent 4 years at the Air Force Office of Homeland Security and Joint Forces Command as a health planner, instructor, and futurist. He also holds a Master's Degree in Strategy & Leadership from the Air War College, MBA from Central Missouri University, and an MA from CMU. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Phone: 703-282-7669. Email:

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