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Transdisciplinary Public Health: Definitions, Core Characteristics, and Strategies for Success

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Stokols D, Hall, K.L, Vogel, A.L.. Transdisciplinary Public Health: Definitions, Core Characteristics, and Strategies for Success. ln: Haire-Joshu D, McBride TD, eds. Transdisciplinary Public Health: Research, Methods, and Practice. 1st ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass; 2013:3-30.

This is the first chapter of a textbook on transdisciplinary public health. The textbook offers an understanding of interactions among the biological, behavioral, social, and public health sciences; shared disciplinary frameworks in analyzing health problems; and the integration and evaluation of transdisciplinary solutions to alleviate complex public health problems. The chapter lays out a definition of transdisciplinary public health, describes key characteristics of this approach, strategies for success, and evaluation considerations.

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transdisciplinary, definitions, characteristics, strategies, success

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  • Learn about the field of team science: history, theory and concepts
  • Establish or maintain effective team science endeavors
  • Enhance team performance, interactions, and attitudes
  • Provide institutional support for team science
  • Provide training for team science to team members or students
  • Conduct research on/evaluate team science
  • Engage community partners in your scientific team

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Resource created by Lily Panah on 12/6/2012 11:00:56 AM.

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