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380.650.01 Fundamentals of Life Tables

Population, Family and Reproductive Health
3rd term
4 credits
Academic Year:
2015 - 2016
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Stan Becker
Course Instructors:

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 life table methods including single, multiple-decrement and multi-state life tables. Explores 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. Interactively presents course materials, 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.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Calculate and interpret demographic measure
  2. Create and utilize lexis diagrams
  3. Construct and know assumptions behind and interpret single and multiple decrement life tables, as well as multi-state life tables
  4. Describe demographic databases, how to access them and how to use them with basic programming in R
Methods of Assessment:

Homework, Quizzes, and Final Exam

Instructor Consent:

No consent required