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380.603.01
Demographic Methods for Public Health

Location:
East Baltimore
Term:
2nd term
Department:
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Credits:
4 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  3:30 - 5:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor :
Contact:
Mary Hughes
Resources:
Description:

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 growth, components of growth, composition, and distribution.
  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 will be based on in-class exercises (40%) and four long assignments (60%).

Instructor Consent:

No consent required