Considerations in Selecting Models of Systems

Assignment 1: Discussion—Considerations in Selecting Models of Systems

According to Rosenfeld et al. (2009), public health  officials are familiar with models in three categories: natural  disasters, disease transmission, and technological models (e.g.,  chemical or radiologic plume dispersal patterns). Although most  officials would prefer to have standardized models put in place by the  state so there would be standardized data and responses, they cited  quality and applicability-related factors that should be the  determinants of their model choice and that an “all hazard” model, which  could address a variety of public health issues would be ideal.

The factors that affect the use and adaptation of computer models were listed as follows:

  • Validity
  • Reliability
  • Authorship
  • Accessibility
  • Scalability
  • Relevance
  • Capacity
  • Applicability

Using the module readings, Argosy University online  library resources, and Internet sources, research public health system  models. Then, based on your research, respond to the following:

  • Explain the advantages of specialized models versus an extensive system modeling.
  • Express your views about data extrapolated by computer modeling  versus information provided by experienced and knowledgeable staff.
  • Support your positions with appropriate references.

Write your initial response in approximately 300 words.

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