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380.603.81 Demographic Methods for Public Health

Department:
Population, Family and Reproductive Health
Term:
3rd term
Credits:
4 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
Location:
Internet
Auditors Allowed:
No
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
M.E. Hughes
Course Instructor :
Resources:
Prerequisite:

Introduction to Online Learning.

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
  8. Explain the role of quantitative methods and sciences in describing and assessing a population’s health
Methods of Assessment:

Evaluation based on seven exercises, four long assignments, and participation in Live Talks.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required