In the latest issue of Public Health Reports, September/October 2015, Dr. Silje Reme, Dr. Alberto Caban-Martinez, Dr. Justin Young, Dr. Anna Arlinghaus, and Dr. Garry Gray, discuss their experience as postdoctoral research fellows in residence at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health as they initiated, developed, and taught the graduate and doctoral-level course entitled “Transdisciplinary Research in the Study of Occupational Health and Safety.”
Health problems arise as a result of extremely complex processes and interactions, and finding a solution often requires going beyond traditional unidisciplinary approaches. Transdisciplinary approaches — where one integrates multiple disciplinary approaches and perspectives — provide a unique lens through which to view emerging complex health problems. In this article, the authors describe and discuss the development and delivery of the first transdisciplinary course at Harvard, and present the argument that such a course provides a positive and lasting contribution to students of occupational health and the academic field in general. This week’s PHR feature article, From the Schools and Programs of Public Health: A Model for Development and Delivery of a Graduate Course in Transdisciplinary Research, may be viewed here.
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