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380.650.01 Fundamentals of Life Tables

Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3rd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Vladimir Canudas-Romo
Course Instructor:

380.603 Demographic Methods in Public Health and 380.600 Principles of Population Change are both highly recommended.


Participants learn to analyze population phenomena using demographic methods. Focuses on international comparisons of mortality trends, but students also study fertility and population growth changes. Presents training in life tables (including single, multiple-decrement and multi-state life tables), providing students an opportunity to explore the relations among functions in the life table and its applications to key population processes. Emphasizes the theoretical concepts underlying this methodology, as well as the practice of estimating demographically meaningful results. R is the common computing language in demography and statistics, and students develop essential computing and quantitative data manipulation skills. Course materials are presented interactively, allowing students to gain hands-on experience in manipulating the principal functions of a life table and become familiar with the type of research that can be based on them.

Methods of Assessment:

Homework, Quizzes, and Final Exam

Instructor Consent:

No consent required