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A logical philosophical method of studying complex problems that rejects the reductionist approach of conventional scientific method in favor of integrating ideas from diverse scholarly fields in order to deal with the inherent complexity of some urgent problems of the present human situation. The aim is to evolve a conceptual framework that embraces and seeks to mobilize ideas from every pertinent scientific and scholarly discipline: physical, biological, social, and behavioral sciences; economics; politics; and the humanities. Many problems in public health benefit from the transdisciplinary approach. Examples include urban housing; social integration and health promotion in ethnically diverse communities; regional and urban transport; pollution control; global ecosystem change; and the causes and control of chronic, low-intensity violent armed ethnic conflicts.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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