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380.603.81 Demographic Methods for Public Health

Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3rd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
M.E. Hughes
Course Instructor:

Introduction to Online Learning.


Teaches students the basic methods demographers use to describe populations and analyze population change. Introduces the concept of a population, describes the demographic approach to populations, and identifies sources of population data. Covers four sets of methods with broad applicability in public health: 1) techniques for describing population composition, distribution, and growth; 2) methods to compare populations (age-period-cohort approaches and standardization and decomposition of rates); 3) single-decrement life tables; and 4) the cohort-component method for population projection. Also covers the basic tools used to study the fundamental population processes of fertility, mortality, and migration.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Analyze population composition, distribution, growth, and components of growth
  2. Differentiate and apply age, period, and cohort approaches to population data
  3. Utilize standardization to compare populations across time and space
  4. Create and interpret single-decrement life tables
  5. Project a population’s size and age-sex composition using the cohort-component method
  6. Calculate and interpret measures of mortality, fertility, and migration
  7. Locate appropriate sources of demographic data and describe their limitations
Methods of Assessment:

Evaluation is based on exercises (35%), assignments (52%), live talk posts (6%), life talk attendance (7%)

Instructor Consent:

No consent required