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380.755.81 Population Dynamics and Public Health


Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Summer term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Henry Mosley
Course Instructors:

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses. None


Public Health is a population science, and gaining an understanding of how trends and patterns of births, deaths and migrations determine the size, age-sex structure and location of populations is the critical foundation for all work in the other public health disciplines.

Provides an overview of population dynamics globally and its implications for public health program planning at the national and local levels. Students learn how to locate data sources for key demographic indicators and how to calculate and interpret measures of fertility, mortality and migration in populations. Introduces the principles of population projections students learn how to utilize projections in planning for public health interventions.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the major trends and patterns of domestic and international population dynamics (mortality, fertility and migration) and the basic components of population size, distribution and composition
  2. Identify selected sources of population data and their strengths and limitations, and apply population methods to public health program planning
  3. Identify some key health policy interventions which affect population change
Methods of Assessment:

Two exams and one lab assignment

Enrollment Restriction:


Instructor Consent:

No consent required