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380.603.81 Demographic Methods for Public Health

Population, Family and Reproductive Health
2nd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
M.E. Hughes
Course Instructor:

Introduction to Online Learning.


Prepares students to use demographic methods to address specific public health problems, identify and estimate populations at risk, and aid in forecasting health service needs, using a combination of lectures, labs, and case studies. Methods covered include population projections and period life tables.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify appropriate sources of demographic data and describe the limitations of various data sources
  2. Apply appropriate demographic methods to address specific public health problems
  3. Calculate basic demographic indicators and measures
  4. Calculate and apply period and cohort life tables
  5. Identify and estimate populations at risk
  6. Forecast population growth by age and sex
Methods of Assessment:

Evaluation is based on three assignments and a final exam.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required