Demographic Methods for Public Health
- East Baltimore
- 2nd term
- Population, Family and Reproductive Health
- 4 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2017 - 2018
- Class Times:
- Tu Th, 3:30 - 5:20pm
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:
- Analyze population growth, components of growth, composition, and distribution.
- Differentiate and apply age, period, and cohort approaches to population data.
- Utilize standardization to compare populations across time and space.
- Create and interpret single-decrement life tables.
- Project a population’s size and age-sex composition using the cohort-component method.
- Calculate and interpret measures of mortality, fertility, and migration.
- Locate appropriate sources of demographic data and describe their limitations.
- Methods of Assessment:
Evaluation will be based on in-class exercises (40%) and four long assignments (60%).
- Instructor Consent:
No consent required